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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. Nanoporous Ceramic Ion Exchange Membranes in Non-Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries

    SBC: Membrion, Inc.            Topic: 19a

    Replacement of on-demand fossil fuels with intermittent renewable energy technologies such as solar cells and wind turbines is not possible without grid-scale energy storage. Redox flow batteries are a safe, scalable and long-lasting solution to this problem but two components, the membrane & electrolyte, accounts for more than 60% of the battery cost which limits market penetration. New low-cost ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. Geophysical System for Fluid Flow and Fracture Imaging

    SBC: Hydrogeophysics Inc            Topic: 21d

    This project seeks to establish new geophysical and computational methods to image fluid migration through induced and natural hard rock fracture systems. Fluid flow imaging of fracture systems can be used to help eliminate irrelevant microfracture events and establish production borehole connectivity to induced fractures. A few existing microseismic techniques attempt to employ fluid flow meterin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Characterization of Electrochemical Processes in Solid-state Energy Storage Devices with Air Sensitive Materials

    SBC: Hummingbird Precision Machine Inc.            Topic: 15d

    Fundamental scientific advances are needed to create breakthrough materials that will improve the performance of electrical and energy storage devices. Over the last decade in- situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used to characterize these materials in devices at resolutions down to the atomic level. Importantly, this can also be done at the same time that the devices are operatin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Cryogenic Temperature Controlled Electrical Biasing In-situ TEM Sample Platform

    SBC: Hummingbird Precision Machine Inc.            Topic: 15d

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is primary characterization method used to determine nanoscale features and local internal structure of materials. However, conventional TEM observations are usually performed under conditions different from a material’s actual working environment. If electrical biasing signals can be applied to the sample then the relationship between structural properties ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Switched-Field Surface NMR for Enhanced Detection andResolution of Shallow Groundwater

    SBC: Vista Clara Inc.            Topic: 24c

    This proposal addresses the challenge of mapping groundwater and hydrogeologic parameters in the subsurface, with a focus on improving sensitivity and spatial resolution for shallow groundwater targets. We will apply imaging methodologies at the core of medical MRI to efficiently map shallow groundwater and hydrogeologic properties at improved resolution. Conventional surface NMR has been proven a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. MODE: The Multi-omics Data Exploration Platform

    SBC: Hafen Consulting, LLC            Topic: 01c

    In the biological and environmental sciences, data are being generated at an unprecedented rate. There are many scientific discoveries pertinent to DOE missions that are waiting to happen from high-throughput biological data, if only it could be efficiently and effectively managed and explored. The size and complexity of the data are the main factors that pose challenges to effective exploration, ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  7. Optimization of commercial production of insects as feed ingredient and for waste remediation

    SBC: Beta Hatch Inc.            Topic: SB172002

    With 10 billion people expected on the planet by 2050, serious innovations are needed to meet the expected 50% increase in demand for protein. Beta Hatch is industrializing the production of insects for agriculture, pioneering our first crop, the yellow mealworm as an animal feed ingredient.. In Phase 1 we developed novel feed formulations to bring down the costs of insect production, enhance the ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of DefenseDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  8. Production of Uranium from Seawater Using a Novel Polymer Adsorbent- Process Development and Cost Analysis

    SBC: LCW Supercritical Technologies Corporation            Topic: 32i

    Seawater contains about 3 parts per billion of uranium. With a total ocean volume of approximately 1.3109 km3, there is at least 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater which is about 1000 times the amount of uranium known to exist in terrestrial ores. Mining uranium from seawater is economically feasibility if an efficient, reusable and low-cost adsorbent could be developed. In the past year, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  9. Using a Plasma Fuel Reformer to Extend Combustion Lean Limits

    SBC: INENTEC, INC.            Topic: 22c

    There is a clear and unmet need for technologies to improve power generation flexibility to enable cost effective and reliable high renewable energy fractions in modern grids. Specifically, gas turbine generator turndown ratio may be improved by extending combustion lean flammability limits. This project will deliver a prototype plasma reformer system integrated with gas turbine combustors to allo ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  10. Solid-State Klystron Driver for Lower Hybrid Current Drive

    SBC: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 21b

    Launching radio frequency (RF) waves from the high-field side (HFS) of a tokamak has the potential to be an efficient off-axis current drive method while reducing the plasma-material interaction issues of the antenna. Researchers at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed to reuse existing equipment at MIT, including CPI klystron ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy

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