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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

Stoking the Economic Engine: EPA's Small Business Innovation Research Awards

There are approximately 25 million small businesses in the United States today. As the leading source of employment growth, these firms have generated 60 to 80 percent of new jobs over the past decade, and are responsible for developing most of the country’s new technologies.

EPA is helping to stoke the economic engine and tap the entrepreneurial energy of small businesses to meet today’s environmental challenges, while also growing a green and sustainable economy.

EPA’s SBIR program was established to ensure that new technologies are developed to solve priority environmental problems. In 2012, EPA awarded nearly $4.1 million to 32 small companies to support the development of new technologies for protecting the environment and public health.

Twenty-five small businesses received “proof of concept” awards up to $80,000 (phase I recipients). In addition, seven companies that received similar awards in 2011 were awarded additional funding in 2012; they received up to $300,000 to move their technologies towards commercialization and implementation (phase II recipients).

Summary of EPA Phase I SBIR Awardees

Small Business Project Titles Amount Awarded
Aerodyne Research Inc. Size-Selection Aerosol Characterization Instrument $80,000
Luna Innovations Inc. Non-Formaldehyde Bio-based Phenolic Resins $80,000
OnTo Technology LLC Recycling Rare Earth Metals from Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries $80,000
Fungi Perfecti LLC Comprehensive Assessment of Mycofiltration Biotechnology to Remove Pathogens from Urban Storm Water $80,000
Orono Spectral Solutions Inc Preconcentration Technology for Infrared Analysis of Organophosphates in Water $80,000
GVD Corporation Environmentally-Benign Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTEE) Coating for Mold Release $80,000
ThornProducts LLC New Technology for Electricity Monitoring & Reporting Built into Electrical Receptacles and Switches $80,000
UES Inc. Real-Time, In-Line Sensor for Wastewater Monitoring $80,000
SolarBee Inc. Improving TTHM Reduction Processing and Operational Efficiencies in Potable Water Distributions Systems Using Solar-Powered Circulation with Diffused, Near-Surface Aeration $80,000
Fluidic microControls, Inc A 10 Kilowatt, Rankine Cycle Agricultural Waste to Energy Conversion Module Utilizing Ultra Micro Turbo-Alternators $80,000
Faraday Technology Inc. Microelectrode Array to Enable Robust Water Monitoring for Multiple Contaminants at Sub-Nanomolar Concentrations $80,000
Sunocs LLC A Non-Toxic Composite Flame Retardant $80,000
Los Gatos Research Inc. Ultra-Sensitive Detection of Air Toxics Using Incoherent Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy $80,000
NEI Corporation Siloxane Removal from Biogass Using a Novel Drop-In Technology $80,000
Compact Membrane Systems Inc. Enhanced Drying of Pipeline Ethanol $80,000
Intelligent Optical Systems Inc. Fiber Optic Distributed Chemical Sensors for Environmental Impact Monitoring in Carbon Sequestration $80,000
T3 Scientific LLC Forward Osmosis Water Purification Membranes for Small Operations $80,000
Altex Technologies Corporation Highly Efficient Water Management System for Lignocellulosic Biomass $80,000
NanoSonic Inc. VOC-free, Highly Flame Resistant HybridSil™ Insulation Coatings for Next Generation Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency $80,000
Okeanos Technologies LLC Cost Effective Seawater Desalination with ICP Element Arrays $80,000
Synanomet LLC Novel Lignin-Based Magnetite Nanocomposites for Removal of Phosphate from Contaminated Waters $80,000
Adherent Technologies Inc. Emission Control System for Small Boilers $80,000
The Laser Sensing Company InFRNO2: INfrared Faraday Rotation of NO2 for Portable Sub-Part-Per-Billion Sensors $80,000
Electron Energy Corporation Cost-Effective Rare Earth Element Recycling Process from Industrial Scrap and Discarded Electronic Products to Valuable Magnetic Alloys and Permanent Magnets $80,000
Membrane Technology and Research Inc. Membrane Process for Solvent Reclamation and Reuse $80,000


Summary of EPA Phase II SBIR Awardees

Small Business Project Titles Amount Awarded
OPTRA Inc. Fourier Transform Infrared Phase Shift Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer $299,956
FBS Inc. Defect Detection in Water Pipelines Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves $299,960
Adherent Technologies Inc. Catalytic Emissions Reduction System for Outdoor Wood Boilers $300,000
Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc. Development of a Scalable, Low-cost, Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Electrochemical Process for the Destruction of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) $299,686
Faraday Technology, Inc. Functional Chrome Coatings on Hard to Access, Internal Surfaces of Industrial Parts from an Environmentally Benign Trivalent Chromium Bath $299,981
TDA Research Inc. Pipeline-Quality Methane from Anaerobic Digestion Streams $300,000
Lynntech Inc. Microelectrochmical Capillary System for Environmental Analytical Lab on a Chip $299,999
    Total: $2,146,352


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