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Circuit board Component Recovery for Electronic Waste Reduction

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-17-016
Agency Tracking Number: B15P2-0002
Amount: $299,872.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 14-NCER-1A
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00018
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-28
Small Business Information
3475 Linda Lane
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
United States
DUNS: 079547161
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Byron Tietjen
 President and Principal Investigator
 (315) 380-0084
Business Contact
 Peter Stockmann
Title: Vice President
Phone: (315) 450-3301
Research Institution

Electronic Waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the US. Significant amounts are recoverable for reuse, resale, and refining for precious metals. The disassemblers send circuit boards to refiners/smelters for precious metals recovery. E-Waste disassemblers remove parts from these circuit boards, so only certain parts are smelted. As such they are the key market for our depopulator. Refiners also have an incentive to remove the parts so that only certain parts are smelted. Both are therefore potential ARR customers.

The D2000 depopulator removes parts from circuit boards without using chemicals. The precious metals parts go to the smelter as opposed to the whole circuit board. The weight reduction factor is 5:1 which reduces smelting-based pollution by 5:1.

With the high quality Phase I drawings, the depopulator can/will be assembled shortly after contract award. Phase II funding will allow the assembly of a depopulator which will serve as a basis for product refinement and demonstration to potential customers. This is a key to commercialization as customers wish to see the depopulator.

As a risk reduction effort, ARR will team with Roboshop, a Syracuse-based company that specializes in the design/fabrication/test of conveyor systems. Roboshop is therfore ideally suited for Phase II.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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