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Low cost, High Efficiency Krypton Capture Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0022720
Agency Tracking Number: 0000266235
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C54-38c
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): 2023-03-26
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ambalavanan Jayaraman
 (303) 940-5391
Business Contact
 John Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

Statement of the problem or situation that is being addressed
In U.S. there is a need for more efficient and lower cost systems that can capture and store
krypton-85 produced in nuclear fuel cycle systems. Even though a number of technologies have
been proposed, the cost of implementing these technologies in shielded radioactive
environments with the associated safety systems is very high. Hence there is a need for
advanced materials and processes to reduce the cost of Kr-85 management from fuel cycle
facilities, including reprocessing plants and molten salt reactors.
General statement of how this problem is being addressed.
TDA Research proposes to develop an efficient near-ambient temperature krypton capture
process for nuclear fuel reprocessing and molten salt reactor plants. TDA’s process uses a
radiation resistant advanced physical sorbent to capture Kr in an integrated off-gas treatment
system, at a lower cost than current systems. Our specific Phase I objectives are to complete
the laboratory scale proof-of-concept demonstration of the Kr capture process from simulated
off-gases representative of nuclear fuel reprocessing plants.
What is to be done in Phase I?
In Phase I, we will optimize the operation of the new sorbent to best match the operating
conditions of the off-gas treatment system. We will evaluate different sorbent formulations in
bench-scale proof-of-concept tests to identify those with the high Kr capture efficiency and
capacity while expected to be stable in the presence of radiation. We will optimize the Kr
capture process to minimize the energy requirement for the overall off-gas treatment process.
Finally, a detailed process design and system analysis will be completed for near-ambient
temperature Kr capture process that can be integrated to the off-gas treatment system to
provide cost reductions over the current state-of-the-art technologies.
Commercial Applications and Other Benefits
There is a large commercial market for the sorbents and processes developed here, for use in
nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities and molten salt reactor based nuclear power plants, to
reduce emissions of the radionuclides (radioactive gases). There is also a market for the
sorbents and processes developed here in the commercial production of noble gases and in
monitoring radio Xenon levels in atmosphere as part of nuclear non-proliferation monitoring.

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