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Microwave Powered Solid Waste Stabilization and Water Recovery

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
63282
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
023479
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457-0102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Microwave Powered Solid Waste Stabilization and Water Recovery
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS2-03124
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

A Microwave Powered Solid Waste Stabilization (MPSWS) system is proposed as the primary step in the treatment of solid waste materials generated during extended manned space missions. The proposed system will recover water initially contained within the wastes and stabilize the residue with respect to microbial growth. The dry waste may then be safely stored or passed on to the next solid waste treatment process. Using microwave power in a closed system, the MPSWS will selectively and rapidly heat the water present in solid wastes. Liquid phase water will flash to steam and superheat. The steam will contact all exposed surfaces and provide an effective thermal kill of all microorganisms present, in a manner similar to that of an autoclave. Both water and heat will be recovered in a condensing heat exchanger. Applicable solid wastes include, but are not limited to, inedible plant biomass, food scraps and fecal matter.

Principal Investigator:

James E. Atwater
5418637770
jatwater@urcmail.net

Business Contact:

John Aker
Business Official
5418637770
aker@urcmail.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Umpqua Research Company
P.O. Box 609 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457

EIN/Tax ID: 930789314
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No