Former Administrator William "Bill" Reilly visits SBIR Award Winner Cambrian Innovation
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award winner Cambrian Innovation received a visit from former EPA Administrator William “Bill” Reilly recently, who served as the Agency’s administrator from 1989 to 1993. During his tenure as administrator, Reilly represented the U.S. at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and pushed through the first provisions on the control of acid rain in the Clean Air Act. The former administrator was in California to view first hand, Cambrian Innovation’s deployment of their novel wastewater treatment system, EcoVolt.
The EcoVolt system leverages a process called "electromethanogenesis", in which microbes consume electric current and CO2 to generate a high quality methane stream for use in a boiler or combined heat and power system. An EcoVolt installation will help industrial customers monetize the resources in their waste streams while also significantly cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Cambrian Innovation is a current Phase II awardee of the EPA’s SBIR Program to develop BioVolt, a self-powered wastewater treatment system that leverages similar processes as EcoVolt to generate pure electricity directly during wastewater treatment. First funded through a Phase I award in 2010, BioVolt is in the piloting stage.
For more information on U.S. EPA’s SBIR Program: EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
For more information on Cambrian’s SBIR research project: Energy Efficient Ethanol Stillage Treatment using a Bio-Electrochemical System
Learn more about the work at Cambrian Innovation: http://cambrianinnovation.com/