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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. Scanning Tunneling Microscope based Hydrogen Depassivation Lithography Automation Via Artificial Intelligence

    SBC: Zyvex Labs LLC            Topic: 16a

    Atomically Precise Manufacturing will bring enormous energy savings through improved efficiency in power generation and use, via light weighting, reduced friction and wear, and a host of other improvements in materials and active mechanisms. Atomically Precise Manufacturing will bring considerable benefit to our technology, economy, and standard of living. However, significant technological develo ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. A Graphene Enhanced SiC- SiC Ceramic Composite Bonding Solution for Generation IV

    SBC: MC Technologies LLC            Topic: 20b

    Ceramic matrix SiC-SiC composites are currently the leading candidate for Generation IV nuclear reactor fuel cladding and other structural components, due to their excellent thermal and chemical stability under extreme conditions. However, robustly joining SiC structures when exposed to such harsh operating conditions still presents a major roadblock. A novel bonding joint compound leveraging grap ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Segmented and Blocky Proton Conducting Membranes for Solar Fuels Generator Applications

    SBC: Nanosonic Inc.            Topic: 19b

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has identified a need for new proton conducting membranes for solar fuel generator applications. Specifically, development of block copolymers with good proton conductivity at ambient temperatures and low gas diffusion and ionic transports are needed. There are currently no commercially available proton conducting membranes which possess ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Enhance Full-Waveform Inversion with Machine Learned Low-Frequency Signals

    SBC: Advanced Geophysical Technology, Inc.            Topic: 21b

    Novel discoveries are going to prove essential for attaining a significant percentage of oil output rather than solely depending on existing fields to keep up with the energy demanding of the United States. As one of the critical sectors of Exploration and Production, seismic surveys are used to produce detailed images of local geology to determine the location and size of possible oil and gas res ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Advanced Computation Methods towards High-Resolution Fiber Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 21a

    Commercial-scale geothermal reservoirs are thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, so scientists rely on indirect measurements to reconstruct 3D subsurface reservoir maps from seismic vibrations, electromagnetic waves, or gravity measurements. Geothermal operators typically use electromagnetic or gravity surveys, but seismic surveys are preferable because they enable higher-resolution 3D su ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. Permanent Magnet (PM) Induction Heater for Paraffin Abatement

    SBC: AUSTIN GEOTECH SERVICES INC            Topic: 20b

    There are an estimated 1.7 million oil and gas wells in the United States, 771,000 of these are considered marginal producers. Combined they make up 11.3% of the US oil production and 8.3% of the US gas production. In that last 10 years, over 131,000 of these oil wells and 48,000 gas wells have been plugged and abandoned. Most of these wells suffer from paraffin plugging problems. The only way to ...

    STTR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  7. High-Speed Platform for Highly Parallel STM lithography and Hierarchical Assembly

    SBC: Zyvex Labs LLC            Topic: 17e

    Nanotechnology has failed to live up to its promise of exploiting the emerging properties at the nanoscale because of the lack of manufacturing precision thus denying society many energy saving materials and applications. There is therefore a strong need to realize the promise of complex nanosystems by developing atomically precise manufacturing (APM). This project targets a key component of an At ...

    STTR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  8. High Temperature (750 to 800 C) Silicon Carbide Receiver Assembly for High Efficiency Gen3 Molten Salt Concentrating Solar Power

    SBC: Ceramic Tubular Products            Topic: 12f

    In 2011, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative with the goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with conventional power generation by 2020. Since 2011, research funded by the DOE has resulted in substantial progress toward meeting the aggressive SunShot performance and cost targets, but significant technical hurdles remain. In particular, the Gen3 CSP Roadmap ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. Integrated Sorbent-based Lithium, Power, and Water Recovery from Geothermal Brines

    SBC: STRATOFIRE LC            Topic: 17a

    Geothermal brines used in power generation can be a potential source of critical elements, such as lithium. However, current technological approaches cannot achieve high selectivity of target elements available in trace concentrations from a complex geothermal brine matrix with high concentration of non-desirable mineral content. StratoFire and Southern Research propose to develop and optimize an ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Segmented and Blocky Hydrocarbon Ion Pair Membranes for Fuel Cells

    SBC: Nanosonic Inc.            Topic: 10a

    The DOE has identified a need for thin and durable proton conducting membranes that offer enhanced energy efficiency to power zero emission vehicles. Specifically, a cost effective hydrocarbon-based alternative to expensive commercial perfluorosulfonic acid ionomers are sought. Current hydrocarbon membranes do not meet the performance or durability needed in the conditions for transportation fuel ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy

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