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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. Optimum Control of Induction Generators for Water Current Energy Harnessing

    SBC: Electro Standards Laboratory, Inc.            Topic: 815

    Optimization of generator performance and maximization of output power are difficult to attain in the generation of hydro-power. This is due to the changing water conditions and corresponding changes in the form of available energy. ESL proposes to use self-tuning controls in combination with a suitably chosen and optimized generator driven by hydro-energy and condition it for distributi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Commerce
  2. Development of an integrated actuator for real time control of spray nozzle flow rate and droplet size spectrum

    SBC: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.            Topic: 813

    Application of agrochemicals is essential to U.S. production of food, fiber, biofuels and ornamentals. However, it can also create environmental contamination if pesticides reach non-target areas through airborne displacement of spray, i.e., "spray drift". Drift is a concern for agriculture, especially for specialty crops grown in sensitive areas. Spray drift mitigation, through use of larger drop ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Agriculture
  3. In-Field Soil Phosphorus Measurement System

    SBC: VERIS TECHNOLOGIES INC            Topic: 84

    Crop growers in the United States, and in developed countries worldwide, apply large amounts of phosphate fertilizers to their fields. In the US for example, growers annually apply over 4,000,000 tons of phosphate fertilizer. Fertilizer rates are typically applied in excess of the crop need, since the cost of fertilizer is low relative to the loss in crop yield if a given nutrient is yield-limitin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Agriculture
  4. Automated, in-field measurement system for soil nitrate and other properties

    SBC: VERIS TECHNOLOGIES INC            Topic: 84

    Nitrogen affects proteins, enzymes and metabolic processes and is essential for crop growth. While annual usage varies based on world economic conditions, approximately 80,000,000 metric tons of fertilizer N are applied annually in the world, of which more than 10,000,000 tons are applied annually in the United States. If crops don?t have an adequate supply of nitrogen, significant yield losses ca ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of Agriculture
  5. Improving the stability and concentration of Megasphaera elsdenii NCIMB 41125

    SBC: MEGASTARTER, LLC            Topic: 83

    Acidosis in ruminant animals (beef cattle, dairy cows, and sheep)is a metabolic condition that causes problems for animals fed high-grain diets. Orally dosing animals with a strain of bacteria, Megasphaera elsdenii, has been shown to be beneficial in alleviating or decreasing this metabolic problem. This bacteria is very sensitive to environments containing oxygen and to date has a fairly short sh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Agriculture
  6. An Optical Sensor for Monitoring Odors at Agricultural Livestock Facilities

    SBC: AeroSurvey, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    N/A

    SBIR Phase I 1998 Department of Agriculture
  7. GPS-Based Animal Control System

    SBC: AgriTech Electronics, L.C.            Topic: N/A

    This is a Phase II proposal to continue the work begun by AgriTech Electronics, LC (AgriTech) on a GPS-based livestock control system. This system will exclude animals from areas, or contain them within defined boundaries, where it is impractical or inefficient to build fence to achieve this objective. These needs arise in a variety of contexts, including the exclusion of livestock from riparian a ...

    SBIR Phase I 1998 Department of Agriculture
  8. PRECISE INJECTION OF NH3 USING PULSE-WIDTH MODULATION METERING

    SBC: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Anhydrous ammonia (NH3), a heavily used nitrogen fertilizer, is a volatile gas which flashes at -40 F. It is handles as pressurized liquid and difficult to meter accurately and dispense. Its low cost, due to inexpensive energy, has encouraged wasteful over-application rather than investment in currently costly and ineffective application control systems. Ammonia costs will increase with energy cos ...

    SBIR Phase I 1998 Department of Agriculture
  9. Sorghum Protein Adhesives from Low Cost DDGS

    SBC: ECOVERSION LLC            Topic: N/A

    In the United States, annual demand for adhesives and resins exceeds 20 billion pounds. Currently, most adhesives used in the wood industry are petroleum-based, such as phenol-formaldehyde and urea-formaldehyde adhesives. Formaldehyde emissions cause many environmental and health issues. Development of biobased adhesives not only significantly impact a >$100 billion industry sector, but also solve ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 Department of Agriculture
  10. Development of Automated Pig Weighing

    SBC: Osborne Industries, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Raising pigs has become a specialized agribusiness. Pork producers have a desire to improve their efficiency of production in a cost effective manner. One tool to accomplish this is knowing the weight of the pig as it grows. This knowledge provides greater assistance in managing the feeding program as well as avoiding financial penalties when marketing. Feed costs account for 60% of the cost p ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Department of Agriculture

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