Bio-Remediation of Hydrocarbons on Inactive Ships

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0139
Agency Tracking Number: N041-098-0675
Amount: $99,935.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-098
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
ENSOLVE BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
3209 Gresham Lake Road, Suite 147, Raleigh, NC, 27615
DUNS: 943921395
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Penny
 Manager of Maritime Opera
 (910) 270-8683
 rpenny@ensolve.com
Business Contact
 Jason Caplan
Title: President and Chief Scien
Phone: (919) 954-6196
Email: jcaplan@ensolve.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Navy is seeking a means of removing hydrocarbons from inactive ships prior to ship dismantling or sinking as an artificial reef. Traditional means of separation of oil from aqueous solutions are unreliable in processing emulsified oils and organic chemicals. Filtration, chemical flocculation, and ceramic membranes simply transfer the contaminated waste to one mediumto another. Therefore, a biomechanical separator is best suited to mechanically separate the majority of the phase separated oil from water and then treat the remaining waste with a novel biological treatment system designed to consume the remaining hydrocarbons, and convert them to harmless byproducts. The Phase I program will develop a biological/mechanical separator that will be capable of removing free-phase oil and consuming emulsified oil in wash water to concentrations of 5 ppm or lower. This proposed system will be portable and usable in confined shipboard spaces.

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