DEVELOPMENT OF ENZYME PRODUCTS FOR ENHANCING BIOLOGICAL SLUDGE DEWATERING

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5222
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Energencs Inc.
W59n249 Cardinal Ave, Cedarburg, WI, 53012
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Donald R. Voigt
President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS RESEARCH WILL EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPROVING DEWATERING SEWAGE SLUDGES BY THE USE OF ENZYMES, WHEREBY THEWATER-IMBIBING BIOPOLYMER MATRIX -- PREDOMINANTLY POLYSACCHARIDE -- IS DISRUPTED AND BOUND WATER IS RELEASED, BECOMING AVAILABLE FOR SEPARATION FROM THE SLUDGE SOLIDS MATRIX. THIS WORK COULD PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE FOR SLUDGE DEWATERING WITH SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS OF ENERGY AND COST. THEWORK WILL FOCUS INITIALLY ON OBTAINING SLUDGE MICROBES WHICHOVER-PRODUCE POLYSACCHARIDE SLIMES, FOLLOWED BY ISOLATING OTHER MICROBES CAPABLE OF DEGRADING POLYSACCHARIDES PRESENT IN THE SLUDGE. FACTORS INFLUENCING RAPID, EFFECTIVE, AND ADEQUATE POLYSACCHARIDE DEGRADATION WILL BE IDENTIFIED AND VERIFIED BY ADDITION OF SLIME-DEGRADING MICROBIAL CULTURES, THEIR BACTERIOPHAGES, AND EXTRACTED DEPOLYMERASE ENZYMES TO MODEL SYSTEMS OF SLIME-CONTAINING SLUDGES.

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