Recovery Act - Scale-Up of Nanopowder Manufacturing Via Cost-Effective, Low Carbon-Footprint Process

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
02-10ER85685
Award Id:
99602
Agency Tracking Number:
92414
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
09 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5315 Peachtree Boulevard, Atlanta, GA, 30341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806337762
Principal Investigator:
Ganesh Venugopal
Dr.
(678) 287-2400
gvenugopal@ngimat.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Hunt
Dr.
(678) 287-2400
ahunt@ngimat.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Although nanomaterials technologies are expected to revolutionize energy storage and energy conversion applications by enabling high performance devices such as batteries, supercapacitors, photovoltaic cells, solid-state lighting and lasers, cost-effective processes to produce these materials have been slow to develop. There is a dire need for the establishment of low-cost nanomaterials manufacturing processes with low-carbon footprint to commercialize many novel energy devices that have been developed by US technologists. Development of nanomaterials production technologies that fit these needs, will contribute to the resurgence of the US manufacturing sector while simultaneously reducing green house gas emissions at the industrial and consumer levels. nGimat proposes to boost its production volumes of high-performance nanopowders for energy applications by scaling-up its versatile, cost-effective and environmentally friendly NanoSpray Combustion process. In Phase I, the nanopowder synthesis and collection sub-systems of the process will be scaled-up to deliver 10kg/day quantities of representative nanopowders and in Phase II, these volumes will be improved to 100kg/day. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The impact of nanopowder production scale-up would be felt in wide-ranging energy storage and energy conversion applications, including Lithium-ion battery & supercapacitors for hybrid electric vehicles and smart-grid energy storage systems, printable nano-inks for thin-film and silicon photovoltaics, high-performance industrial catalysts and ceramic hosts for high-power lasers. According to market research analysts, the market for these materials is projected to be in the multi-billion dollar/year range within the next five years. Nanomaterials enabled by nGimat processes could further impact electronics and biomedical industries.

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