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UNIQUE ON-SITE DESTRUCTION OF TRANSFORMER ASKARELS USING A LOW-TEMPERATURE,…

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21553
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21553
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VERITAY TECHNOLOGY, INC.
4845 Millersport Highway P.O. Box 305 East Amherst, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: UNIQUE ON-SITE DESTRUCTION OF TRANSFORMER ASKARELS USING A LOW-TEMPERATURE, MILD CHEMICAL METHOD
Agency: EPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,999.00
 

Abstract:

THESE IS A GREAT NEED FOR A SAFE, ENERGY-EFFICIENT, ON-SITE METHOD FOR DECONTAMINATING VARIOUS CHEMICAL TOXINS. NEARLY ALL (I.E., 99.8%) OF THE POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) FOUND IN CURRENT APPLICATIONS ARE USED AS DIELECTIC FLUID. THIS AMOUNTS TO ABOUT 30,000,000 GALLONS OF PCB-CONTAMINATED FLUID. TO REDUCE THIS EXPOSURE RISK THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS REQUIRING THE ACCELERATED PHASEOUT OF PCB TRANSFORMERS. PRESENTLY, THERE IS NO COST-EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR PROVIDING ON-SITE DECONTAMINATION OF PCB-CONTAMINATED FLUIDS; NOR IS THERE A MILD CHEMICAL METHOD FOR THEIR ULTIMATE DISPOSAL. A NOVEL PCB DECHLORINATION METHOD HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, WHICH HAS POTENTIAL UTILITY FOR THE DETOXIFICATION OF TRANSFORMER PCB FLUIDS THAT PRESENTLY REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT HEALTH HAZARD. INITIALLY INVESTIGATED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE AND EVALUATED BY THE PROPOSED PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, THE HYDROGENATION METHOD, WHICH USES AN EXPENSIVE NOBLE METAL CATALYST BUT OPERATES AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, HAS BEEN SHOWN TO ACHIEVE VIRTUALLY COMPLETE DEHALOGENATIN IN MINUTES. BY SYSTEMATICALLY EVALUATING DIFFERENT CATALYSTS, SOLVENTS, AND PROCESSES, VERITAY TECHNOLOGY, INC., PROPOSES TO FIND AND DEMONSTRATE A COMMERCIALLY FEASIBLE, MOBILE PCB TREATMENT PROTOCOL BASED ON THE CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF CONCENTRATED PCBS. THE APPROACH OFFERS NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES INCLUDING THE AVOIDANCE OF EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS HIGH TEMPERATURE, WHICH, IN THE CASE OF PARTIAL PYROLYSIS, LEADS TO THE INCREASED PRODUCTION OF DIOXINS AND DIBENZOFURANS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Ian Webber
7166890177

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Veritay Technology Inc.
4845 Milersport Hwy Po Box 305 East Amherst, NY 14051

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