Novel Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor for Low-Flow Systems

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-04-031
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-04-031
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12 Clematis Ave., Waltham, MA, 02453
DUNS: 157793126
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Bishop
 Vice President
 (781) 899-4495
Business Contact
 Robert Goldsmith
Title: President
Phone: (781) 899-4495
Research Institution
Improved low-flow (50,000 gallons per day) sanitary wastewater treatment systems are needed. CeraMem Corporation¿s proposed approach includes a membrane bioreactor (MBR) using fully proven biological processes for biological oxygen demand oxidation and (optionally) for nutrient removal (i.e., denitrification and phosphorus removal). The technology has as a key inventive element¿a novel, compact, and low-cost ceramic membrane module. The technology will be embodied in a package unit suitable for over-the-road transport to a sanitary wastewater treatment site. The system will have acceptable cost, produce a treated effluent of very high quality, be tolerant of upsets, be amenable to unattended operation, and be suitable for operation and maintenance by unskilled personnel. This Phase I research project will consist of five tasks. CeraMem Corporation will fabricate and test ceramic membranes and a prototype MBR system (500 gpd). A standardized 50,000-gpd MBR system will be designed, and capital and operating costs will be estimated. A Phase II project could include scale-up of membrane modules to a 19 m2 size and field demonstration of the MBR technology. Commercial applications would include municipal wastewater treatment for communities with populations in the 1,000-500,000 range, ships, resorts, military installations, and commercial and residential developments without sewer connections or suitable drainage fields.

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