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Phytofiltration of Arsenic-Contaminated Drinking Water

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
54483
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43ES011065-01
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EDENSPACE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
210 N 21st Street, Suite B Purcellville, VA 20132-3026
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Phytofiltration of Arsenic-Contaminated Drinking Water
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Abstract): Arsenic contamination of drinking water poses significant health risks to millions of people worldwide. Current cleanup technologies have substantial drawbacks, including high cost and high-volume toxic byproducts. Edenspace Systems Corporation proposes to propose to study the ability of a recently identified arsenic-hyperaccumulating fern to remove arsenic from drinking water. The investigator's preliminary research demonstrates that this fern is able to concentrate arsenic to levels more than 16,000 fold higher than the concentration in the soil solution and to rapidly remove arsenic from water containing 200 ug/L of arsenic, 4-fold higher than the current drinking water standard. In the proposed research, the investigators will study the ability of this fern to reduce arsenic levels below the proposed EPA drinking water limit of 5 ug/L by varying factors (plant density, water pH, chlorination/fluoridation, and arsenic species) that are likely to affect arsenic removal rates from drinking water and will also test both a batch and a flow-through technique for phytofiltration of arsenic-contaminated drinking water. This research will provide the foundation for development of a solar-powered (photosynthetic) hydroponics technique, enabling cost-effective, small-scale cleanup of arsenic-contaminated drinking water. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: NOT AVAILABLE

Principal Investigator:

Mark P. Elless

Business Contact:


7039618700
FERGUSON@EDENSPACE.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

EDENSPACE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
15100 ENTERPRISE CT, STE 100 DULLES, VA 20151

EIN/Tax ID: 541916832
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No