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Highest throughput lowest product cost MOCVD superconductor wire production tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0022741
Agency Tracking Number: 0000266165
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C54-32a
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-26
Small Business Information
201 Circle Drive North Unit 103/103
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Feldman
 (732) 302-9274
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Research Institution

Statement of the problem or situation that is being addressed in your application: Higher quality high temperature superconducting wires of greater lengths are needed for magnets used in particle accelerators. The technology used in the production of Rare Earth Barium Copper Oxide high temperature conducting tapes is limited in production capacity and throughput at high quality. Manufacturers and users of superconducting tapes are looking for innovations to increase production capacity and improve wire material quality to enable next generation superconducting magnets.
• General statement of how this problem is being addressed: A Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition system capable of doubling (or more) throughput of tape through the system will allow cheaper tapes that still offer state of the art magnetic and electrical properties; incorporating laboratory demonstrated quality enhancements will generate higher quality tapes used to produce end user wires.
• What is to be done in Phase I? In Phase I, a novel higher throughput Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition showerhead to susceptor geometry will be tested in a small scale model demonstrating performance, and a scale model will be designed and built of a tape drive capable of running a multipass direct resistive heated tape. Modeling and design will be done to prepare to build a pilot scale tool in Phase II.
• Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: In addition to superconducting magnets in particle accelerators, high powered magnets enabled by this work will be used in plasma fusion confinement. Superconducting wires are used for power generation, power transmission, energy storage, more efficient motors, maglev vehicles, and in medical technologies like MRIs and MRS.

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