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Enhanced Performance of Agriculture Based Biodegradable Hydraulic Fluids

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2007-33610-18553
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00473
Amount: $346,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
325 Water St. null
Wilmington, DE 19804
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Nemser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Nadine Cragg-Lester
Title: Grants & Financial Manager
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution

Farm equipment and other industries use biodegradable hydraulic fluids (BHF), esters based on agricultural raw materials, that provide rapid decomposition and reduced environmental problems associated with spills. Hydrolytic stability is major problem, since BHFs react with dissolved water creating alcohols and acids accelerating degradation.
This program introduces a membrane system to remove water and stabilize BHF. The inert membrane withstands harsh thermal and chemical environments and in-line systems remove water in real time. Phase I was very successful both technically and commercially. Using commercial products, we demonstrated rapid 90% removal of water (program goal of 50%) and showed water removal dramatically reduced deleterious acid formation. Systems showed excellent stability. Engineering and economic analysis projected system costs less than $1,000 with payback time of seven months. These positive results encouraged industry players to provide key support for Phase II and subsequent commercialization.
Phase II will integrate commercial membrane modules into hydraulic systems in laboratory followed by full scale field tests to demonstrate a field system with costs less than $1,000 and payback times less than one year. Previous results in combination with key industrial partners and our commercial manufacturing infrastructure positions the program for Phase II and commercial success.

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