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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. Innovative Process for Production of Neodymium Metal and Neodymium-Iron Master Alloy

    SBC: Boston Electrometallurgical Corporation            Topic: 02d

    Neodymium is an essential element for the powerful permanent magnets used wind turbines, electric vehicles, and other applications. However, neodymium is classified by the Department of Energy as critical due to insufficient and insecure supply, including a virtual monopoly by a few companies in China. Even with the current expansion of rare earth mining in the US, Canada, and Australia, there i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  2. Novel Solid Electrolyte Based Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 07a

    Conventional lithium-ion batteries demonstrate great potential for applications in electrical vehicles, but they face some major challenges such as low energy density and high cost. It is worthwhile to pursue alternative strategies to address the barriers of cost and energy density. Instead of using conventional lithium-ion batteries, we will develop advanced rechargeable lithium-sulfu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  3. Construction of High Energy Density Batteries

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 07a

    Higher energy density batteries are required in order to increase vehicle range and facilitate adoption. A significant amount of research has been devoted to developing new materials with increased capacity and performance. In order to minimize the cell weight, new cell design techniques are also required that minimize the mass fraction of the inactive components. The Phase I effort will demonstra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  4. Downhole Sensor Network for Monitoring CO2 Migration

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 13b

    Geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) is advancing as a preferred means of mitigating CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled plants. For understanding sequestration processes and verifying GCS success at its intended function of retaining CO2 within reservoir bounds, it is essential to track and monitor the fate of liquid CO2 stored deeply at high pressure. Tools are needed for continuous monitoring over ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  5. Additive Manufacturing of Nuclear Grade Components

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 19f

    A direct laser metal sintering process will be developed that will enable the fabrication of complex stainless steel and Inconel alloy components for use in the cores of light water reactors directly from a digital model. Direct fabrication eliminates welding processes that place limits on component design and potentially affect the strength and corrosion resistance of the final component. The tec ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  6. Composite Neutron-Gamma Detector

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: 19c

    Current radiation detectors are typically capable of detecting only one type of radiation. Therefore, the detection systems require a number of individual detectors to be used for each type of radiation. Also the performance to cost ratio of the currently available scintillators is high which limits their mass deployment. The development of the proposed nuclear detector significantly improves th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  7. High Efficiency and Bright Neutron Converter Screens

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: 20a

    The DOE is planning to restart work at one or both of the research reactors at Idaho National Laboratory (Transient Reactor Test Facility) and Sandia National Laboratories (Annular Core Research Reactor). Neutron radiography plays a large role in the work done at these facilities and there is a desire (described in the 2009 workshop proceedings of Future Transient Testing of Advanced Fuels) to upg ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  8. High Resolution Digital Imaging Platform for NDE Transient Testing

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: 20a

    Neutron radiography using the foil-film transfer method is currently employed for the quantitative evaluation of the geometric and compositional characteristics of nuclear fuel burn-up distribution, visualization of cracks and void formations, fuel location determination, pellet-clad and pellet-pellet gaps identification, and to understand the state of non-fuel component geometries. Although the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  9. Robust Kr-85 Detectors for New Waste Cask Design

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: 21b

    Dry cask storage systems (DCSS) are used to store spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants. Without a long term storage solution in place, storage for decades in casks may be required. High burnup fuel rods may become brittle over time presenting problems for eventual transport of the spent fuel from reactor sites to a central storage facility. It is desired to passively determine the structur ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy
  10. Membraneless Water Desalination System

    SBC: REACTIVE INNOVATIONS, LLC            Topic: 02c

    Access to freshwater is an increasingly important national and international issue. Today, about three billion people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. To address the challenge of providing clean fresh water to meet the earths growing population new innovative solutions are required to desalinate water without using membranes. A new membraneless desalination system is being ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 Department of Energy

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