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Savannah River National Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

23 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Human Factors Engineering Analysis Tool

A new software tool enables the easy and quick selection of applicable regulatory guidelines as a starting point for human factors engineering (HFE) analyses.  Once selected, each guideline can be viewed on screen.  The software tracks and reports the status of HFE analyses and may be accessed simultaneously by multiple users.

09/26/2012
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VZCOMML©, Version 4.0

A researcher at the Savannah River Site has developed an analytical software application to simulate contaminant fate and transport through the vadose zone to groundwater.  VZCOMML© (pronounced Vee-Zee-Com-M-L) is a one-dimensional, three-phase equilibrium, analytical contaminant transport model incorporating mass-balance and time-limit criteria to calculate key fate and transport result output data.  The program automatically uses decision logic to determine the... read more

09/26/2012
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Double Coil Condenser Apparatus

A Glass Technologist at the Savannah River National Laboratory has developed a glass condenser apparatus that allows the user to adjust the rate of condensation during testing. The apparatus consists of a fixed condensing coil accompanied by a second, removable coil that fits inside the fixed coil.  Tests have shown increases in condensation rates of up to 24%.

09/26/2012
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Pella Drum Opener

The Pella Drum Opener is a developed and tested tool that facilitates the opening of open-head steel drums and resolves a safety issue with respect to drum handling.

09/26/2012
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NAPL Calculator

An environmental engineer at the Savannah River Site has developed a software application that will determine if non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminants are present in soil, groundwater, or soil vapor samples.  The software will determine both the quantity and composition of NAPL chemicals in the samples based on the results of sample analysis.  The software also computes important environmental engineering measures such as the residual saturation, mass of the NAPL in the... read more

09/26/2012
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IDEAS

This is a comprehensive software program adaptable to any company or corporation conducting an employee suggestion program.  The IDEAS (Individuals Developing Effective Alternative Solutions) program was created to stimulate employee participation in generating as many new IDEAS as possible that could benefit the site and its employees.  The IDEAS software program was developed to manage the numberous suggestions submitted by Savannah River Site employees.

09/26/2012
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ALPES
ALPES is a device that uses electrostatic precipitation to collect and concentrate airborne agents in a liquid sample for onsite or laboratory analysis.  The collection efficiency is 85% to 92% depending on the size of the particles.  The Aerosol-to-Liquid Particle Extraction System (ALPES) is designed to collect chemical agents; radioactive particles; microoganisms such as spores, bacteria, and fungi and molecules and other substances associated with explosives.

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09/25/2012
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BaroBall
Barometric pumping is a remediation technique that removes volatile contaminants from soil in the vadose zone, above the water table.  The BaroBall control valve increases the efficiency of barometric pumping and allows natural soil gas to flow out of an underground well, while restricting air flow from the surface int the well.  air flowing into the well from the surface will dilute and possible spread still present in the subsurface.
09/25/2012
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Groundwater and Wastewater Remediation Using Agricultural Oils

Scientists have developed a groundwater treatment technique that employs agricultural oils to stimulate endogenous microbes which accelerates the cleanup.  The oils tested include canola oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, olive oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, beef oil, cod-liver oil, tallow, candelilla oil, carnawba wax, beeswax, and palm tree wax.  The system can be configured as either in situ or ex situ.

09/25/2012
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Haptic Seat for Fuel Ecomony

Today’s vehicles provide feedback to the driver on a wide variety of vehicle or driver characteristics.  Some of the information provided includes: speed, temperatures, tire pressure, radio, GPS, cell phone controls, trip monitors, and fuel consumption.  The majority of the current systems are visual providing data on an already crowded instrument cluster.  In order to realize the benefits of this information, the driver has to consciously take their eyes off the road to... read more

09/10/2012
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Railcar Switchman Platform
Engineers at the Savannah River Site have devised a new railcar switchman platform for enhanced safety of railroad personnel.  The switchman platform is designed to attach to the railcar ladder providing a stable platform from which the switchman can perform their duties.
09/10/2012
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Nanoparticle-Enhanced Ionic Liquids (NEILs)

A good HTF must be able to absorb a substantial amount of energy in a given volume, a property known as volumetric heat capacity. Physical properties such as viscosity, thermal stability, and thermal conductivity must also be considered. Ionic liquids (IL) were discovered more than 30 years ago and are organic compounds with negligible vapor pressure. ILs are molten salts with low melting points below 100°C, high liquid range above 400°C, in some cases, freezing points below 0°C.... read more

09/10/2012
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SmartLatch
A "smart" door lock for industrial and consumer applications has been developed by researchers at Savannah River Nuclear Solution's Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).  This technology uses existing state-of-the-art neural network technology to acoustically monitor lock performance and in particular the latching event.
08/20/2012
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Orangutank
The Orangutanktm is a remote controlled, tethered robotic platform for traveling from one pipe to another using a network of vertical pipes for support. 
08/15/2012
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Hybrid Microwave Energy
A team of scientists from the Savannah River National Laboratory and the University of Florida has successfully applied microwave technology to a variety of waste management applications.  As a result of this collaboration, unique equipment and processes have been developed using hybrid microwave energy for the destruction of electronic circuitry and an assortment of waste streams, immobilization of hazardous constituents, and reclamation of valuable metals.

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07/20/2011
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MicroCED
Decades of widespread use and inappropriate disposal of chlorinated ethenes (CE) have resulted in pervasive environmental contamination at thousands of sites in the U. S. and abroad.  These compounds are potent toxicants to humans and extremely persistent in the environment.  Cost effective, reliable, and safe remediation technologies are needed to prevent, contain, and remove chloroethene contamination in the environment.  MicroCED was specifically designed as an efficient and... read more
07/20/2011
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In-Situ Production of Microbial Pigments for Metal and Actinide Immobilization

Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have developed a unique in-situ method of immobilizing metal and radionuclide contaminants in soil.  The In-Situ Production of Microbial Pigments for Metal and Actinide Immobilization has been shown to dramatically reduce the mobility of contaminants in the soil over the the long term without the need for excavation.

07/20/2011
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Suppression of Tin Whiskers in Lead-Free Solder

Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory have identified a treatment method that slows or prevents the formation of whiskers in lead-free solder.  The current stage of research has shown initial time studies in comparison to a base-line that whisker formation is minimized or almost nonexistent (some hillocks are noted).

 

07/14/2011
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Nanocrystalline Separation Membrane for Improved Hydrogen Flux

A new method has been developed using a new processing technique that modifies perovskite materials to improve conductivity by altering the microstructure without changing the ratio of the chemical constituents.  The result is a nanocrystalline material that exhibits an increase in weight loss over similar materials made under standard bulk oxide synthesis.  The enhanced oxygen loss translates into an increase in the number of electron charge carriers and elevated electronic... read more

07/14/2011
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Biomass and Coal into Liquid Fuel with CO2 Capture

A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory has developed a new and efficient process to produce biofuels from coal and other biomass. The new single-step hydrolysis process co-converts coal and any biomass to a liquid fuel while generating a high purity carbon dioxide as a byproduct.

07/11/2011
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High Capacity Hydrogen Storage Nanocomposite

Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory's (SRNL) Hydrogen Research Center have developed new processes to add metal hydrides to nanocarbon structures to yield high capacity hydrogen storage materials.  Testing of these materials has shown that hyrdogen can be efficiently absorbed and released in multiple cycles and in significant quantities.  Processes to add Lithium Hydride to Fullerenes have resulted in structures that can retain and release significant... read more

06/21/2011
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BioTiger
Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have discovered a new environmental biocatalyst for improving the recovery of hydrocarbons entrained in sediments utilizing a patented consortium of microbes known as BioTigerTM.  BioTigerTM comprises unique and balanced strains of natural bacteria that are especially suited to the task of destroying or otherwise mitigating polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals.  It was used in the first-ever biological field... read more
03/16/2011
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Highly Dispersed Metal Catalyst

Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory have developed a platinum(Pt)catalyst material that exhibits higher dispersion qualities than catalysts used in commercial fuel cells. Better dispersion translates into improved activity indicating new active sites and/or reducing the precious metal usage. Fuel cell electrocatalysts frequently employ 20-50 wt% platinum while less than 0.5 wt% Pt is needed when 100% dispersed. If every platinum atom is active for catalytic reaction rather... read more

09/15/2010