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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. Solar Modules: Low Cost Manufacturing

    SBC: Nextc Corporation            Topic: 12f

    Solar power is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy markets. Over the last twenty years, solar photovoltaics has gone from being a field of scientific study to one of commercial interest. Driving this change and solar adoption worldwide has been the decreasing cost per watt of solar power. While the drop in cost per watt has been largely driven by increasing panel efficiency, decreasing mat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. Advanced Materials for CSP Molten Salt Storage

    SBC: Powdermet, Inc.            Topic: 12f

    Concentrating Solar Power utilizes molten salt thermal storage to enable 24 hour energy production and shift power production to times of less sunlight.Current molten salts operate using nitrate salts operating at 565°C.To improve performance, efficiency, and cost effectiveness switching to mixed chloride salts operating from 350-800°C is required. Increasing salt operating temperatures can redu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Biomimicry-based MHK for remote communities

    SBC: BLADE RUNNER, LLC            Topic: 14a

    Microgrids are essential for developing, sustaining and growing Remote Communities which have been historically powered by diesel generation for reliability. Renewable energy sources, primarily sun and wind, have been gaining strength in offering local and economical alternatives of power to remote microgrid. Nonetheless, their intermittency brings reliability at high storage costs and as typicall ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Reducing The Weight of Vehicle Components Via Lost Foam Casting of Ductile and Austempered Ductile Iron

    SBC: Skuld LLC            Topic: 13e

    The Department of Energy has aggressive targets to reduce vehicle weight in order to improve fuel economy which requires addressing all components including castings while maintaining affordability. Casting imperfections are a limitation to achieving this. Our proposal is to provide a method to reduce casting imperfections in ductile iron using the lost foam casting process such that it can be use ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Intelligently Manufactured Homes with Factory Integrated Solar Systems Delivered to the Build Site Enabling Dramatic Soft Cost Reductions

    SBC: PHASE3 PHOTOVOLTAICS INC            Topic: 12e

    Manufactured and modular homes have roughly 8% of the US population living in them and make up 11% of the new, single-family home starts each year. This fraction is even higher on rural and tribal lands. The industry reported a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.86% in 2018. And yet, solar penetration in this market is negligible, mostly for financing qualification factors. Phase3 Photovoltai ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. Construction and evaluation of a tensile-based elevated ganged PV array in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories.

    SBC: SKYSUN LLC            Topic: 12e

    A tensile based PV tracking system is proposed. Substantial groundwork has been completed at Sandia National Laboratories in collaboration with Skysun, LLC through a Department of Energy Small Business Voucher, (SBV). The ground work evaluated the tracking system which has applications to both CSP, CPV and PV. The SBV program explored tensile based ganged heliostat design for use in Power Tower ap ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  7. Process Control to Develop a Continuous Flow Al Covetic Reactor Design

    SBC: GDC Industries LLC            Topic: 07c

    The main problem to be focused on in Phases I & II will be to develop fundamental improvements to the covetic conversion process based on known issues and principles of physics. The goal is to fabricate a laboratory-scale continuous flow reactor. Thus, the project will support the U.S. Department of Energy - Advanced Manufacturing Office’s need for an efficient and effective conversion process b ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Development of CAN2 (Canister Corrosion Analysis, Assessment and ActioN PlaNs), a Predictive Detection and Interpretation Software Platform for Life-Cycle Management of Spent Fuel Canisters

    SBC: EQUITY ENGINEERING GROUP, INC., THE            Topic: 34b

    When nuclear reactor performance drops below desired energy levels, the radioactive waste must be properly disposed. Until deep geological disposal sites are identified for very long-term storage of this waste (1000’s of years), interim storage methods must be used for much longer than initially intended (~100 years). With hundreds of dry storage canisters approaching or already exceeding their ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. CO2 Common Operating Sensor System

    SBC: ASYMMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES LLC            Topic: 20a

    Inefficiencies are introduced when each sensor system at a CO2 storage/enhanced oil recovery (EOR) site uses (near) replicate computing hardware but only operates a small fraction of the time. Additional inefficiencies occur when each of these sensor systems’ raw data must be transmitted to a cloud or other computing device to provide analysis and after-the-fact operational insights. Raw data fr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Multilayered Superionic Conductive Conformal Solid Electrolyte for Lithium Metal/High Nickel Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Cells

    SBC: Akron PolyEnergy Inc.            Topic: 13a

    The Department of Energy is leading efforts to develop advanced battery technologies for Electric Vehicles (EVs). Improving the performance and lowering the cost of batteries will help to further increase market penetration of EVs, consequently reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The current state-of-the-art in EV battery technology is Lithium Ion batteries (LIBs); however, LIBs wou ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy

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