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PHYTOFILTRATION OF ARSENIC-CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
60945
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
ES011065
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: 2002
Title: PHYTOFILTRATION OF ARSENIC-CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44ES011065-02
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Arsenic contamination of drinking water poses significant health risks to millions of people worldwide. Current technologies used to clean arsenic-contaminated water have significant drawbacks, such as high cost and generation of large volumes of toxic waste. Edenspace Systems Corporation proposes to create the basis for a cost-effective phytofiltration technology using a recently identified arsenic hyperaccumulating fern to remove arsenic from drinking water to concentrations below regulatory limits. Phase I research demonstrates that the fern can rapidly reduce arsenic concentrations in a variety of source waters, achieving levels less than the new USEPA drinking water limit of 10 mug/L. Phase II research will further explore the fern's arsenic removal capability by varying such important water treatment factors as arsenic valences, water pH, dissolved minerals including iron, sulfur, sodium and calcium compounds, chlorination/fluoridation, intensity and spectrum of light, and fern size and root density. The work will culminate in a continuous process demonstration conducted in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Virginia Department of Health. The anticipated results of this research may provide the foundation for development of a solar-powered (photosynthetic) hydroponic technique that enables cost-effective, small-scale cleanup of arsenic-contaminated drinking water.

Principal Investigator:

Mark P. Elless
7039618700
ELLESS@EDENSPACE.COM

Business Contact:

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

EDENSPACE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
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