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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. New Approaches to Improved PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer

    SBC: Tetramer Technologies,L.L.C.            Topic: 17a

    Polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel-cells are one of the most promising energy conversion technologies for renewable clean energy applications- A major challenge preventing the widespread use and commercialization of PEM fuel cells is achieving high performance with low-loadings of platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts- One of the factors driving performance limitations in the cell is the mass ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  2. Ionic Liquids as Advanced Solvents for the Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Products

    SBC: Wyonics LLC            Topic: 20d

    The rare earth elements are commodities of great value that are necessary for many applications of modern technology, including national security (e-g-, missile defense), consumer products (e-g-, smartphones), and renewable energy (e-g-, wind turbines)- It would not be an overstatement to suggest that the United States economy and national security are now dependent on a stable supply of rare eart ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  3. Nanomembrane Interactive Forward Osmosis (FO) Polymers for Desalination and Remediation

    SBC: Covalent LLC            Topic: 15a

    With the expanding use of desalination and wastewater remediation to meet the nation’s fundamental water requirements, the critical economic and environmental needs for reducing energy requirements and enhancing operational functionality can be addressed by a supported one-atomic-layer-thick membrane that incorporates the chemical structures to avoid fouling and scaling. The development of novel ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  4. High Yield, Atomically Precise Chemical Activation

    SBC: Covalent LLC            Topic: 07a

    Nature is the master manufacturer. We propose to mimic the way the ribosome builds biomolecules in order to make complex molecular building blocks that will, in their first use as a product, function as very complex pores in our water purification and desalination nanomembrane system. These pores will be focused on removing extremely challenging contaminants and toxins. With the expanding use of d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  5. Advanced Bio-derived Sorbents for CO2 Capture

    SBC: THERMOSOLV LLC            Topic: 18d

    After decades of research into carbon capture methods, we still do not have a favorable option.Current carbon capture technology using aqueous amine scrubbing has found a degree of usage in specific applications, but the drawbacks such as high cost, low capacity, degradation during cycling applications, and its corrosive nature have prevented widespread adoption. One potential solution is the deve ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  6. Biodegradable Lubricant from Esterified Propoxylated Glycerol

    SBC: Tetramer Technologies,L.L.C.            Topic: 15a

    Current hydropower facilities employ a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment that necessitate the use of lubricants to ensure efficient operation of said equipment. The lubricants, either oils or greases, aid in reducing friction, dissipating heat, prevent oxidation, and seal of water and debris from vital areas of the equipment. During operation, equipment may be submerged or otherwise c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  7. Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting

    SBC: Tetramer Technologies,L.L.C.            Topic: 09b

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2017, the U.S. residential sector and the commercial sector used about 273 billion kilowatthours of electricity for lighting. This was about 10% of the total electricity consumed by both of these sectors and about 7% of total U.S. electricity consumption. Residential lighting consumption was about 129 billion kilowatthours or about 9% of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  8. A Novel Cold Spray Method for Repair and Mitigation of Cracks in Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Canisters

    SBC: HAMR Industries LLC            Topic: 31a

    Dry storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is canisters can be threatened by corrosion of the metallic canisters which incur substantial repair and replacement costs and logistical issues. A novel cold spray repair and mitigation approach is proposed to repair corroded SNF canisters and mitigate the corrosion threat for fabricated canisters. The proposed work utilizes a novel cold spray technique whe ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  9. Unsteady Surface Pressure Measurement System Suitable for Making Measurements on Wind Turbine Blades in the Field

    SBC: Resono Pressure Systems, Inc.            Topic: 14c

    Increased productivity of wind turbines and wind plants requires a better understanding of the unsteady blade aerodynamics.This understanding could lead to improved energy capture and reduced blade loading and to a better understanding of wake development and propagation that promises to increase the overall production of a wind plant. Unsteady pressure measurements on the surface of the blades of ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  10. Optimization of Supersonic Jet Noise Using a Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Approach

    SBC: SCIENTIFIC SIMULATIONS            Topic: A1

    The objective of this proposal is the development and demonstration of a cost-effective high-fidelity aeroacoustic design tool for future commercial supersonic nozzle designs and installations. Although eddy-resolving CFD methods for computing high-speed jet noise are available, such methods are computationally expensive and are currently deemed impractical for use in a design optimization loop. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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