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  1. Manufacturing Methods for Sulfur Concrete Sewer Pipe

    SBC: Brimstone Pipe Company            Topic: N/A

    This Phase I research is intended to evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing low-cost, acid-resistant sanitary sewer pipe from sulfur concrete. Sulfur is an abundant mineral recovered from coking, natural gas processing, and petroleum refining. Secondary recovery of sulfur, resulting from environmental regulation, produces more material than is needed by U.S. industry. The U.S. Bureau of Mines ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Reduced NOx/Hydrocarbon Emissions via Oxygen Enriched Lean Burn Engines


    Lean burn spark engines are a promising technique to further reduce both NOx and hydrocarbon/carbon monoxide (HC/CO) engine emissions. Higher lean burn levels improve HC/CO oxidation while simultaneously reducing NOx formation. The NOx reduction is due to cooler flame temperatures. While the lean burn limit (beyond which combustion is poor) restricts further emission reductions, the use of oxyg ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Novel Membranes for In-Process Recycling of Hydrocarbon Feedstocks in Oxygen-Oxidation Processes


    Oxygen-oxidation processes are used to produce a number of important chemicals, including ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, terephthalic acid, and vinyl chloride. Approximately 450 million lbs/yr of the hydrocarbon feedstocks used in these processes are lost as part of an inert gas purge stream from the reactor. Currently, this gas is flared, which results in a loss of valuable chemicals and an in ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  4. Hazardous Metal-Free Color Pigments

    SBC: Nanomaterials Research LLC            Topic: N/A

    Inorganic color pigments based on hazardous metals such as chromium, mercury, cobalt, lead, etc., account for more than 95% of the U.S. and worldwide pigments consumption. Color pigments are commonly used by numerous industries and in various consumer products. It is estimated that they are one of the largest vehicles of heavy metal-based chemicals in commerce. A technology that can provide a co ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  5. Automated Separation of Post-Consumer Polymer Flake

    SBC: National Recovery Technologies LLC            Topic: N/A

    In order for plastics recycling to be a viable alternative in the long term, the recycled resins must be competitive with virgin resins both in terms of economics and purity. Current processing technologies utilize either hand sorting or automated sorting on the bottle level. However, there are many sources of contamination other than whole bottles, which will remain in the stream using whole bot ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  6. A Long-Life, Low-Cost Sorbent for the Conversion of HCl to Chlorine

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    The U.S. demand for chlorinated hydrocarbons exceeds 15 million tons annually. The production of these chemicals requires chlorine (Cl2) and produces HCl as an unavoidable by-product. Stringent environmental regulations limit the shipment of hazardous wastes like HCl, and the disposal of HCl by neutralization is costly. A consortium of 15 companies is developing an in-process recycling system t ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  7. Re-refining of Spent Ester-Based Synthetic Lubricants

    SBC: Media and Process Technology Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Ester-based synthetic lubricants are used in a variety of applications ranging from low- end, two-stroke oils in chain saws and automotive crankcase oils to high-end, high- performance oils in jet turbines and heavy duty truck transmissions. These materials offer a number of advantages over mineral (petroleum)-based oils, including excellent low temperature fluidity, very high viscosity index, an ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  8. One-Step Ceramic Membrane Process for Small Drinking Water Treatment Facilities

    SBC: Media and Process Technology Inc.            Topic: N/A

    A one-step filtration process has been proposed for the removal of turbidity, microorganisms, and THMFP for small drinking water treatment facilities. The essence of the proposed technology is the use of a low cost/high performance ceramic membrane to accomplish the above filtration objectives economically and reliably. Thus, disinfection of drinking water can be accomplished with no chemical ad ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  9. Development of a Multianalyte Biosensor Instrument

    SBC: Ergopedia, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    This Phase I project will develop a multianalyte biosensor field screening instrument (MBFI). The MBFI has the potential to reduce the annual cost of environmental analyses in the United States by more than $20 million and to reduce the analysis turnaround time from approximately 19 days to less than 15 minutes. The major barrier to the development of a biosensor instrument for environmental mea ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency
  10. High Flash Solvent Recovery Using Dual Purpose Ceramic Membrane Technology

    SBC: Media and Process Technology Inc.            Topic: N/A

    Throughout the United States and around the world, a variety of industries are moving from conventional to high flash solvents, including dibasic and other esters, glycol ethers, and terpenes (d-limonene isomers). For instance, approximately 80% of the cleaning solvents used in the screen printing industry, representing more than $50 million per year in solvent sales, are high flash solvents. Al ...

    SBIR Phase II 1998 Environmental Protection Agency

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