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  1. Improved Ceramic Pebbles for Fusion Blankets Topic:23 Subtopic:b

    SBC: Skyhaven Systems, LLC            Topic: 23b

    Skyhaven Systems, LLC proposes to develop a method to improve the overall heat transfer within ceramic pebble beds used in nuclear fusion breeder blankets. The Phase I effort will be used to develop processes for forming non-spherical shaped ceramic pebbles and demonstrating enhanced heat transfer within a packed bed structure. The materials produced in Phase I will be characterized for size, shap ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. Natural Gas Conversion to Acetic Acid

    SBC: Skyhaven Systems, LLC            Topic: 22a

    With the discovery of vast quantities of natural gas available in the U.S. comes the opportunity to convert this gas, traditionally used directly as fuel, into more value added products. Ideally on-site conversion to higher value C2 liquids would alleviate gas transportation issues and maximize the utilization of otherwise waste gas. The proposed Phase I SBIR will demonstrate an advanced catalytic ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Thin Film Hydrogen Sensor Development, Testing and Integration into Low Cost Wireless Sensing Systems

    SBC: ELEMENT ONE, INC.            Topic: 10c

    There is a growing impetus to increase the use of hydrogen in both advanced power generation and transportation systems. A major technical challenge to solve is improving the safety and effectiveness of systems using hydrogen, and to reduce costly down time due to system shut-downs when hydrogen leaks are detected. There are many tragic examples in industry of undetected hazardous gas discharges l ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Thulium-Based Ceramic Amplifier for Laser Acceleration

    SBC: Aqwest LLC            Topic: 28c

    Laser plasma accelerators (LPA) enabled by the Tm laser driver to be developed by this project offer much reduced size and cost compared to conventional accelerators of the same energy. This would drastically cut the cost of high- energy particle research on collider-based facilities and advanced light sources. Planned conventional accelerators (e.g., for the proposed International Linear Collider ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Smart CORC® cable terminations with integrated quench detection. Topic 23(c).

    SBC: Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC            Topic: 23c

    Advanced magnet systems for fusion would greatly benefit from the use of high-temperature superconductors (HTS). Quench detection in HTS magnets is challenging due to the low quench propagation speed in these materials. Advanced quench detection methods need to be developed to allow safe operation of HTS magnets. This proposal seeks to develop smart terminations for HTS Conductor on Round Core (CO ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. High-Pulse Energy High-Repetition Rate Laser

    SBC: Aqwest LLC            Topic: 25c

    Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) offers to tap almost unlimited sources of inexpensive energy. This new energy source would free the U.S. from the dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, the use of which produces green-house gases (GHG). The proposed EPDL laser driver would greatly advance the ICF maturity and its transition to commercial IFE for generation of electricity. Availability of low-cost and n ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  7. Thin-ply Conductive Interleaving for Health Monitoring of COPVs, Topic 10d


    Fuel-cell electric vehicles utilizing hydrogen stored in composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) have unique safety risks. Hydrogen is an extremely volatile/explosive gas. Modern Hydrogen distribution and vehicle systems are targeting 700 bar storage pressure (>10,000 psi). At these high pressures, automotive-sized COPVs have a very high energy density, presenting a significant hazard. Tank ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Behind-the-Meter, Distributed Scale CSP System Enabled by Very Low-cost Working Fluid and Thermal Storage

    SBC: Norwich Technologies Inc.            Topic: 12f

    In some areas of the USA and Europe, the installed capacity of renewable generation has reached a level at which wholesale energy prices can drop below zero due to overproduction relative to baseload capacity. The value of energy exported to the grid for behind-the-meter (BTM) systems is dropping, with policies in many states now promoting self-consumption of produced energy rather than net-meteri ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. Atomically Precise Membranes for Advanced Gas Separations

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: 07b

    Every year, the world uses close to 100 trillion standard cubic feet of natural gas, all of which is pre-treated before entering to the pipeline, making natural gas processing by far the largest market for industrial gas separation processes and equipment. A particular need remains in the separation of CH4 and N2 to reduce the high costs involved in the cryogenic distillation based N2 rejection sy ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Onboard Monitoring Method for Detection of Damage to Carbon Fiber Composite Overwrap on Hydrogen Fuel Tanks

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: 10d

    Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) technology is attractive due to lack of exhaust produced (only heat and water) and the possibility of reducing our dependence on hydrocarbon fuel sources. One impediment to widespread adoption of hydrogen FCEV has been high production costs, driven in part by the need to over-engineer carbon-fiber-overwrap-pressure vessels (COPV) which carry the compress ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy

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