High-Efficiency Nutrient Removal and Recovery for Achieving Low Regulatory Limits

High-Efficiency Nutrient Removal and Recovery for Achieving Low Regulatory Limits

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-17-007
Agency Tracking Number: B1505-0024
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: 15-NCER-05
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00001
Small Business Information
26229 Eden Landing Road, Hayward, CA, 94545-3711
DUNS: 828139530
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fatemeh Shirazi
 CEO/CTO
 (510) 344-0668
 fshirazi@microvi.com
Business Contact
 Ameen Razavi
Title: Director of Innovation Research
Phone: (510) 344-0668
Email: arazavi@microvi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Discharge of nutrients (e.g. phosphorus and ammonia) to surface waters can cause eutrophication and the formation of toxic algal blooms, threatening human health and the environment. However, current phosphorus treatment technologies such as chemical precipitation and conventional biological systems can be costly and ineffective to reliably achieve impending effluent regulatory limits of <0.1 mg/L. The objective of this project is to develop a novel, cost-effective solution for consolidating the treatment of phosphorus and other nutrients in wastewater, and subsequently recovering phosphorus as a concentrated solution that can be converted to a valuable bioproduct. Potential end-users of the technology include wastewater treatment plants seeking to meet tertiary treatment standards on limited budgets. The core innovation of this early-stage research is the development of novel biocatalysts comprising specialized microorganisms capable of rapidly and reversibly accumulating phosphorus from complex wastewaters. Unlike conventional biological systems, the proposed technology does not rely on the growth and wasting of biomass, thereby enabling a less expensive, energy-efficient, and minimal sludge process. Preliminary results show the promise of proposed technology to treat nutrients more rapidly and to lower limits than conventional approaches, while simultaneously creating the opportunity for phosphorus recovery to offset costs and help protect environmental quality.

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