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CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF ASKARELS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7499
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7499
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Envirocon Systems Inc
57 Sandlewood Drive Getzville, NY 14068
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF ASKARELS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $40,000.00
 

Abstract:

THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR SAFE, ENERGY EFFICIENT, ON-SITE METHODS FOR THE DECONTAMINATION OF VARIOUS CHEMICAL TOXINS. 99.8% OF ALL POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) IN CURRENT ELECTRICAL APPLICATIONS ARE USED AS DIELECTRIC FLUID AND AMOUNTS TO ABOUT 30,000,000 GALLONS. THE USEPA IS REDUCING THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO PCBS BY REQUIRING THE ACCELERATED PHASEOUT OF PCB TRANSFORMERS BUT THERE IS PRESENTLY NO METHOD AVAILABLE FOR THE ON-SITE TREATMENT OF PCBS AND THERE IS NO MILD CHEMICAL METHOD FOR THEIR ULTIMATE DISPOSAL. ENVIROCON SYSTEMS HAS EVALUATED A NOVEL PCB DECHLORINATION METHOD DEVELOPED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE AND BELIEVES THIS METHOD HAS POTENTIAL UTILITY FOR THE DETOXIFICATION OF TRANSFORMER PCB FLUIDS THAT PRESENTLY REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT HEALTH HAZARD. CURRENTLY THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE HYDROGENATION METHOD USES EXPENSIVE NOBLE METAL CATALYSTS BUT OPERATES AT ROOM TEMPERATURES TO ACHIEVE VIRTUALLY COMPLETE DEHALOGENATION IN MINUTES. WE PROPOSE TO WORK WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE GROUP TO SYSTEMATICALLY EVALUATE DIFFERENT CATALYSTS, SOLVENTS AND PROCESSES IN ORDER TO FIND A COMMERCIALLY FEASIBLE AND MOBILE PCB TREATMENT PROTOCOL. AMONG THE MAJOR ADVANTAGES OF THE METHOD IS THE AVOIDANCE OF EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS HIGH TEMPERATURES WHICH, IN THE CASE OF PARTIAL PYROLYSIS, LEADS TO INCREASED PRODUCTIONOF DIOXINS AND DIBENZOFURANS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr ian webber
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Envirocon Systems Inc
57 Sandlewood Drive Getzville, NY 14068

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Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No