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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. MiteNot: Heat to Remove Varroa mites

    SBC: Eltopia Communications LLC            Topic: 813

    The honey bee provides essential pollination services for over 45 commercial crops grown throughout the U.S., adding $14.6 billion to the value of the country's agricultural production each year. In addition, U.S. beekeepers produce between 170 and 220 million pounds of honey each year, more than 50% of total U.S. consumption. Hence, a sustainable supply of healthy and affordable honey bee col ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  2. Sustainable, Scalable, Production of Commodity/Specialty Chemical, 2-Phenylethanol, in Transgenic Poplar: Phase 1

    SBC: EALASID, INC.            Topic: 81

    There is an urgent need in the U.S. for renewable, domestic, supplies of fine/specialty and commodity chemicals, biofuels, and materials currently obtained from dwindling petroleum based resources. For example, various aromatics [e.g., styrenes, ethyl benzene, 2-phenylethanol (PEA)] are currently annually produced synthetically as commodity chemicals from our finite petrochemical resource. Frequen ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  3. Emission-free, Low-maintenance and Low-energy Nitrate Water Remediation Using Microbial Fuel Cell Technology

    SBC: Proton Energy Systems, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Fertilizer is required for increasing crop productivity and gives farmers economic viability. However, the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers results in excess nitrate runoff in the ground water, and has the potential to cause significant health problems if consumed in large quantities. There is an increasing body of evidence that nitrate pollution of ground water is a large and growing problem aro ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  4. High Efficiency Low Cost Electrochemical Ammonia Production

    SBC: Proton Energy Systems, Inc.            Topic: 84

    The Haber-Bosch process, one of the most impactful developments in human history, has provided enough fertilizer to the world that it is estimated nearly half of the nitrogen found in our bodies originated in a Haber-Bosch chemical plant. However, this technological marvel comes at a price. On U.S. farms, 29% of energy consumed (directly and indirectly) is in the form of fertilizers, and these sam ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  5. Evaluating Source and Control Methods for Small Scale Hydronic Heaters

    SBC: CLEAN ENERGY COMPANY LLC            Topic: 812

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new directive for improving air quality standards for hydronic heater wood smoke emissions. Over a five-year period, the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) will prohibit the sale of a majority of existing log wood based hydronic heaters that are used for central heating. As large consumers of wood heat, small and midsize farms are ad ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  6. Model Based Control for Dryer Energy Conservation

    SBC: FOREST CONCEPTS, LLC            Topic: 813

    Producers of solid and liquid biofuels need to reduce both capital and operating costs to achieve unsubsidized cost parity with fossil fuels. Many biomass feedstocks destined for conversion platforms must be dried, however, the capital cost for dryers is high due to long residence times and the operating cost is high due to system inefficiencies. Consistent and reliable operation of biomass dryers ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  7. Fault Management Technologies

    SBC: QUALTECH SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: S505

    There has been a renewed push across NASA centers and programs to make Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) processes more efficient and results-oriented than the current cumbersome and expensive cross-checking processes using text documents, and transition to a repeatable and a cost-effective process of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). In parallel, Systems Health management (SHM), with ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Diagnosis-Driven Prognosis for Decision Making

    SBC: QUALTECH SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: A104

    In Phase II, the QSI-Vanderbilt team seeks to develop a system-level diagnostics and prognostic process that incorporates a "sense and respond capability," which first uses error codes and discrete sensor values to correctly diagnose the system health including degradations and failures of sensors and components, and then invokes appropriate prognostics routines for the assessment of RUL and perfo ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Instrument for Measurement of Oceanic Particle Size Distribution from Submicron to Mesoplankton

    SBC: SEQUOIA SCIENTIFIC, INC.            Topic: S108

    Particle size distribution (PSD) is a fundamental environmental measurement, with diverse biogeochemical applications including carbon cycle science, ecosystem and fisheries modeling, and harmful algal bloom (HAB) detection/prediction. There is optimism that estimates of PSD will be available from ocean color measurements (such as NASA's upcoming PACE mission), and will be able to help constrain g ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. High Temperature Fiberoptic Thermal Imaging System

    SBC: Thoughtventions Unlimited Llc            Topic: A401

    A prototype high temperature, single optical fiber thermal imaging system will be developed, tested, and delivered to GRC. The components of the instrument will be specified in detail, designed, fabricated, and purchased where appropriate. The illumination and imaging system will be assembled and system tests will be performed. Given a set of calibration images produced by the diagnostic, the i ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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