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Microwave Enhanced Freeze Drying of Solid Waste

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
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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 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Microwave Enhanced Freeze Drying of Solid Waste
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA05CP02C
Award Amount: $599,937.00


The development of advanced methods for Microwave Enhanced Freeze Drying of Solid Waste (MEFDSW) is proposed. Methods for the recovery of relatively pure water as a byproduct of freeze drying will also be fully developed. The Phase II project will result in the design, assembly, thorough testing, and delivery of a technology demonstrator prototype which may be employed over a broad range of mission scenarios. The prototype 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 microwave cavity, water-ice present in the frozen solid waste can be selectively and rapidly heated. This results in a more energy efficient lyophilization process, and therefore hardware based upon this technology will have a lower Equivalent System Mass (ESM) than currently available systems.

Principal Investigator:

Richard R. Wheeler, Jr., PE

Business Contact:

John S. Aker
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

UMPQUA Research Company
125 Volunteer Way Myrtle Creek, OR 97457

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