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Paint and Coating Removal System with Ozonated Foam

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERC20C0041
Agency Tracking Number: B196A-0004
Amount: $99,999.48
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 19-NCER-6A
Solicitation Number: 68HERC19R0052
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-31
Small Business Information
25557 Bella Vista Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
United States
DUNS: 080820750
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Kimble
 (970) 846-0547
Business Contact
 Michael Kimble
Title: President
Phone: (970) 846-0547
Research Institution

The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting innovations in paint and coating removal products to replace harmful methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) chemicals widely used by industry and consumers. There are substantive health risks to workers and consumers who use methylene chloride and NMP-containing products, as well as to by-standers, include damage to the central nervous system, heart failure, liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.For this reason, the EPA recently enacted a ban on May 28, 2019 prohibiting the manufacture and use of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal products. Accordingly, there is a new market need to develop and introduce a safe paint and coating removal product that can work on a variety of coatings including latex, epoxy, and lacquers without damaging the underlying wood, metal, and synthetic substrates. The global market size for paint removers is presently at $1.11B for 2019 where it is expected to grow at a 6.8% CAGR to $1.55B in 2024.Toward meeting this market need, a new product will be introduced by Skyhaven Systems, LLC that produces an ozonated water foam that covers the paint and coatings enabling ozone molecules to chemically break down the double bonds in the coatings removing them from the substrates. The use of a foam coating keeps the ozone molecules located at the paint and coating surface minimizing ozone molecule escape to the atmosphere and consumer. With the ozone molecules quickly breaking down the paint and coatings, along with ozone itself breaking down to water and oxygen, there are no deleterious residual chemical effects being exposed to the consumer or worker.

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