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Emulsified Bilgewater Treatment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
69862
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0298
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADA Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway Suite #130 Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Emulsified Bilgewater Treatment
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-04-C-4119
Award Amount: $99,947.00
 

Abstract:

In a ship's bilge, water mixes with oils, cleaners, and other contaminants to form a complex wastewater that can be harmful to the marine environment. Naval vessels carry oil/water separators (OWS) to prevent discharging oily wastes overboard. These OWS systems can remove oil from water; however, serious problems arise when other contaminants, e.g. detergents, are present. These ingredients cause the oily water to form an emulsion, which fouls the OWS and prevents its proper operation. Thus, the Navy is seeking improved methods of separating oils from emulsified bilgewater. Acceptable techniques must be compact, automated, and effective on a wide range of waste compositions. Electrocoagulation (EC) is a method of electrochemically inducing coagulation of dissolved ions, oils, or suspended solids to create a readily separable phase. EC effectiveness has been demonstrated on heavy-metals, fats, oils & grease, coal fines, and bacteria. Shore-based systems have successfully treated oily bilgewater. The industrial use of the EC process has been limited due to its inability to effectively compete with land-intensive chemical-coagulation processes. ADA proposes to develop and demonstrate a shipboard EC system that will take advantage of key EC attributes - simple operation, compact size, and broad applicability - to enable this technology for marine applications.

Principal Investigator:

Craig S. Turchi
Senior Research Engineer
3037925615
craig.turchi@adatech.com

Business Contact:

Clifton H. Brown,
President
3037925615
cliff.brown@adatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130 Littleton, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 840984053
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No