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BioTiger Remote Electrical Throw Device
Engineers at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have designed a new device for disconnecting electrical power. It allows the operator to perform the disconnect from a safe distance with reduced personal protection equipment (PPE), reducing potential injury in the event of an arc flash event. MORE>>
BioTiger Magnetic Release Coupling
An engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has developed a magnetic release coupling that offers features unavailable in coupling technologies currently on the market. MORE>>
BioTiger InviziMark: Concealed Identification System
Engineers at the Savannah River Site (SRS) have devised new security measures and
identification systems related to the protection of valuable property. Currently weapons and automobiles have serial numbers and vin numbers respectively, that are currently prominently displayed on these devices. The fact that they are readily visible makes them less than secure from possible alteration. MORE>>
BioTiger Elemental Mercury Probe
Engineers at SRNL have designed a new probe for the identification of elemental mercury in the subsurface using direct push techniques. The device provides a cone-penetrometer based sensor that produces an electric potential when mercury is contacted in the subsurface. This direct-push approach provides an easy-to-use and minimally invasive technique for characterization of mercury contaminated soils and sediments. MORE>>
BioTiger Environmental Biocatalyst - BioTiger™
A novel, surfactant-producing microbial consortia that remediates polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. The BioTiger™ consortium is highly resilient and effective. This environmental biocatalyst has properties and capabilities not demonstrated elsewhere. Potentially, the biosurfactant could be used as a cleaning or degreasing agent. MORE>>

Microbial Based Chlorinated Ethene Destruction (MicroCED)
Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have discovered a new and innovative treatment for the decontamination, detoxification, and elimination of chlorinated ethenes (CE) in the environment. MicroCED: Microbiological-based Chlorinated Ethene Destruction rapidly and completely converts CE to safe end products without production or accumulation of toxic by-products. MORE>>

Boron-Structured Nano-Proportional Counter

Boron-Structured Nano-Proportional Counters
Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have explored the use of nanotechnology to improve the design of gas-filled proportional counters. The new nano-detector design will require a much lower operating voltage, a smaller power supply, enhanced portability, increased sensitivity to radiation, and improved detection effeciency. MORE>>

SmartLatch Acoustic Door Latch Detector (Smart Latch™)
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) which uses existing state-of-the-art neural network technology to acoustically monitor lock performance and in particular the latching event. MORE>>
SoundAnchor SoundAnchor™ Nondestructive Testing Method
The SoundAnchor™ method uses ultrasonic energy for volumetric assessment of subterranean tower anchor rods without unearthing the individual rods or destabilizing the structure. MORE>>
Microwave Off-Gas Treatment

Microwave Off-Gas Treatment System
The compact and portable Microwave Off-Gas Treatment System is designed to remediate hazardous emissions from a wide variety of thermal processes. It is scalable for large volume commercial units as well as smaller-scale, batch operations. MORE>>

Ideas IDEAS Program
(Individuals Developing Effective Alternative Solutions)

IDEAS is an easy-to-use database, comprehensive software program adaptable to any company or corporation conducting an employee suggestion program. MORE>>
Hybrid Microwave Energy Hybrid Microwave Energy
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. MORE>>
Nanoparticle-Enhanced Ionic Liquids (NEILs) Nanoparticle-Enhanced Ionic Liquids (NEILs)
The incorporation of nanoparticles into ionic liquids, which can potentially increase thermal conductivity, forms suspensions known as nanoparticle-enhanced ionlic liquids. These have a higher heat capacity and volumetric heat capacity, more energy stored per volumetric unit, greater efficiency in increased steam pressure, lack of vapor pressure and a more simplistic design of heat transfer fluid (HTF) system. MORE>>
Groundwater & Wastewater Remediation

Groundwater and Wastewater Remediation Using Agricultural Oils
A groundwater treatment technique that employs agricultural oils to stimulate endogenous microbes which accelerates the cleanup. This invention uses the physical and chemical properties of floating, separate phase, liquid organic substrates and system geometry to produce a passive treatment system for contaminated waters. MORE>>

Alpes Aerosol-to-Liquid Particle Extraction System (ALPES)
A new device uses electrostatic precipitation to collect and concentrate airborne agents in a liquid sample for onsite or laboratory analysis. It is designed to collect chemical agents; radioactive particles; microorganisms such as spores, bacteria, and fungi; and molecules and other substances associated with explosives. MORE>>
Double Coil Condenser 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. MORE>>
In Situ Generation of Oxygen-Releasing Metal Peroxides In Situ Generation of Oxygen-Releasing Metal Peroxides
A new approach to the clean up of groundwater containing organic and/or inorganic contaminants involves the creation of in situ oxygen reservoirs. These reservoirs can release dissolved oxygen slowly and steadily for long periods of time over broad subsurface areas. MORE>>
Lithium-Ion Battery Nanostructured Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
New anodes for lithium-ion batteries have been developed that are reported to increase the energy density four-fold. Ongoing studies show numerous metals and metal oxides can be considered for nanorod formations to elevate charge capabilities of the anodes in lithium-ion batteries. MORE>>
Liquid Level Probe Self-Targeting Ultrasonic Liquid Level Probe
A new device has been developed to address a unique application involving the precise filling of drums containing hazardous liquids. Unlike an air-coupled probe that measures headspace, this device transmits an ultrasonic beam capable of penetrating metals and liquids. The transducer is mounted outside of the pressure boundary and is therefore protected from the hazardous liquid. MORE>>
MicroBlower MicroBlower
MicroBlower is a subsurface remediation tool that uses a small, low power vacuum blower to extract or inject gases into the subsurface for characterization or remediation. Because the components of the system have a long operating life, the system is useful for long-term cleanup operations, particularly where mass transfer limits the rate of remediation. The unit can be powered by small batteries, small photovoltaic panels, or wind generators. MORE>>
NAPL calculator NAPL Calculator
The NAPL calculator is 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 sample, and mass balance and phase distribution of each chemical composing the NAPL. MORE>>
Directed Spray Mast Directed Spray Mast
Engineers at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have developed a remotely-operated tank cleaning device for precise, high-pressure spray for use in limited access areas. The device offers features unavailable in tank cleaning technologies currently on the market, providing for better, faster and costeffective tank cleaning. MORE>>
Plasma Screen Floating Mount Plasma Screen Floating Mount
Engineers at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have invented a new mounting system for flat panel video technology. The plasma screen floating mount is a mounting system proven to eliminate vibration and dampen shock for mobile uses of plasma screens, thereby eliminating interference to the picture on the screen or damage to costly equipment. MORE>>
GeoSiphon GeoSiphon
Scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory have developed innovative processes for groundwater remediation. Called the GeoSiphon, this process offers significant advantages over pump and treat systems, funnel and gate systems and continuous permeable wall treatment systems. The GeoSiphon Cell is a passive, in situ, groundwater treatment system which uses a siphon between two points of natural head difference to induce greater than natural flow through a permeable treatment media. MORE>>
VZCOMML 4.0 VZCOMML©, Version 4.0
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. MORE>>
Pella Drum Opener
Pella Drum Opener      For a short video click HERE
An engineer at the Savannah River Site has developed and tested a tool that facilitates the opening of openhead steel drums. This device resolves a safety issue with respect to drum handling. MORE>>

Human Factors Engineering
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. MORE>>
BaroBall BaroBall™
Barometric pumping is a remediation technique that removes volatile contaminants
from soil in the vadose zone, above the water table. MORE>>
Orangutank Orangutank™ (The Pipe Traveler)      For a short video click HERE
A remote controlled, tethered robotic platform for traveling from one pipe to another using a network of vertical pipes for support. MORE >>
Railcar Switchman Platform Railcar Switchman Platform
The switchman platform is designed to attach to the railcar ladder providing a stable platform from which the switchman can perform their duties. MORE>>
Passive High Temp Sealing Device Passive High-Temperature Sealing Device
This sealing device can be used to stop the flow of gas or liquid in conditions of sudden overheating and can act as a high-temperature shutoff valve for pipes and ducts. MORE>>
Dissolution Actuated Valve Sampler Dissolution Actuated Valve Sampler
Passively operated sampler eliminates cross contamination. MORE>>
RadRope RadRope™
Portable Nuclear Material Detection System

Using sensors arrayed linearly, this lightweight, portable system can detect the presence of nucelar materials in sealed containers without the use of harmful x-rays. MORE>>


Nanocrystalline Separation Membrane for Improved Hydrogen Flux
New processeing technique that modifies perovskite materials by developing ionic transport membranes with improved ionic and electronic conductivity. MORE>>
Platinum Crystal Highly Dispersed Metal Catalyst
A platinum 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. MORE>>
Coal Biomass and Coal into Liquid Fuel with CO2 Capture
Tech Brief Under Review. MORE>>
bucky ball High Capacity Hydrogen Storage Nanocomposite
A new process was developed to add metal hydrides to nanocarbon structures to yield high capacity hydrogen storage materials, that can retian and release significant quantities of hydrogen at lower temperatures and pressure. MORE>>
Sawgrass New Lignin Separation Method from Ammonia Solutions
This new method, accomplished by evaporation and pH adjustment, results in lignin that can be effectively filtered and dried free of impurities. MORE>>
Haptic Seat Haptic Seat for Improved Fuel Economy
The Haptic Seat is a new method for providing feedback to drivers of vehicles in order to maximize fuel efficiency through improved driving habits.. MORE>>
Talon Heavy Hoist Savety Hook Talon™ Heavy Hoist Hook and Safety Latch
New design for a latching hoist hook with remote unlatching capabilities. It is designed for lifting heavy loads as well as locking the load in place with virtually no chance of slippage or disengagement of the load until the cargo has been placed in position and is released remotely by the crane operator. MORE>>
Vapor Phase Elemental Sulfur Amendment Vapor Phase Elemental Sulfur Amendment for Sequestering Mercury in
Contaminated Soil

A remediation method to distribute elemental sulfur into contaminated soil to treat elemental mercury.. MORE>>
H2O Cooling Towers H2O Cooling Towers as Environmental Collection Systems
Scientists at SRNL are working on new methods for environmental collection and monitoring systems to locate and identify chemical, biological, and radiological agents. The intent of this research is to accomplish air sampling on a scale that surpasses all existing available commercial systems. MORE>>
Portable Breech Lock for Gloveboxes Portable Breech Lock for Gloveboxes      For a short video click HERE
An engineer at SRNL has developed a portable breech lock to improve sample management at the Savannah River Site. MORE>>
Authenticated Sensor Interface Device (ASID) Authenticated Sensor Interface Device (ASID)
Researchers at SRNL have developed a device to read data, encrypt the information and distribute it electronically to multiple locations, providing oneway data pathway which segregates each destination to prevent cross-party data manipulation... MORE>>
Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing): Selectively Printed Conductive Pathways Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing):
Selectively Printed Conductive Pathways

Researchers at SRNL have developed a rapid prototype conductive material that can be used for electrical shielding or circuit fabrication... MORE>>


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