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Industrial Process Pollution Reduction by Development of Amorphous Biogenic Silica to Replace Fumed Silica

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-17-023
Agency Tracking Number: B15P2-0013
Amount: $299,955.00
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
805 Valley View West Road, San Marcos, TX, 78666-8466
DUNS: 079477730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marcus Goss
 (512) 470-6200
Business Contact
 George Steinke
Title: CEO
Phone: (830) 660-1411
Research Institution
Fumed silica is an important additive in many products including paints, plastics and tires, but it is produced by an energy-intensive costly, toxic and hazardous process. SioTex has developed a superior triple green replacement for fumed silica that produces no toxic waste, uses little energy, and is inexpensive.  Our patent pending technology uses rice hulls, a bio-waste, as the feedstock.  Use of rice hulls will reduce methane emissions and field burning pollution.  Our phase 1 project has proven scalability to meet market demands.  The applications of our biogenic silica Eco-Sil includes paints plastics, tires, cosmetics, and agriculture. The Specialty silica market is $1.5 billion/year with a 6% growth rate.  Our product has many advantages over fumed silica including lower dusting, better dispersability and a higher bulk density which improves handling and reduces transportation costs and emissions. Our goal is to have the superior Sio TeX process as the dominant production method in the huge fumed silica market.  The result will be an impressive reduction in energy usage (i.e. enough energy to power Washington D.C. in perpetuity), elimination of toxic waste, reduced air pollution, better safety and dramatic cost savings

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