USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Portable Electric Capacitive Desalination

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
View profile »
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Portable Electric Capacitive Desalination
Agency: DOD
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0073
Award Amount: $385,256.00


To address the Armys need for a man-portable desalinator to support the Individual Soldier On-The-Move Hydration System, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) has developed a Portable Electric Capacitive Desalination (PECAD) system. PECAD is based on the innovative implementation of capacitive deionization: separation of salt from water by electric polarization of porous electrodes, which produces drinkable water that exceeds the quality standards outlined in the U.S. Armys guidelines. In Phase I, POC built a system prototype and demonstrated the feasibility of the approach by desalinating seawater (36,000 ppm TDS) with>98% salt rejection rate (

Principal Investigator:

Alex Kolessov
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No