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Nano-Enhanced Composite Electrodes for Electrostatic Precipitators

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85996
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EP-D-09-014
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Nano-Enhanced Composite Electrodes for Electrostatic Precipitators
Agency: EPA
Contract: EP-D-09-014
Award Amount: $69,955.00
 

Abstract:

Electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) are a key pollution control device in air pollution control devices for small oil and coal-fired industrial boilers. ESPs can operate with an efficiency of 98 to 99% for the removal of mercury and fly ash from the flue gas stream. With an electrostatic precipitator fly ash particles are charged electrically as the flue gas passes through the precipitator allowing the charged particles to be collected on oppositely charged plates typically made of metal. Metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy with a high installed cost and easily corroded. Metal electrodes used in ESPs are extremely heavy with a high installed cost, and they are easily corroded, especially in wet ESP systems. Polymer, nano-composite electrodes would be less expensive to produce, easier and cheaper to install and would be corrosion resistant (and thus last longer). However, polymer electrodes must be made sufficiently conductive to allow dry collection within an ESP. This project is focused on achieving the same level of efficiency as the current state-of-the-art ESP components, yet be less expensive to produce, easier to install and last longer. To this end, this project will demonstrate the feasibility and performance of a lightweight, conductive polymer electrode composed of an electrically conductive, nano-enhanced polymers. The project team includes Applied Sciences, Inc., one of the world┬┐s leading developers of carbon nanofibers and nano-enhanced products; Ohio University, which is a leading testing facility for electrostatic precipitators. Southern Environmental, Inc., a leading electrostatic precipitator builder and retrofitter, will provide free technical support to the project team.

Principal Investigator:

David J. Burton
Director of R&D
9377662020
dburston@apsci.com

Business Contact:

Max L. Lake
President
9377662020
mllake@apsci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 West Xenia Ave. Cedarville, OH 45314

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