Bio-Remediation of Hydrocarbons on Inactive Ships

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,940.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-04-M-0139
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-098-0675
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ENSOLVE BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
3209 Gresham Lake Road, Suite 147, Raleigh, NC, 27615
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
943921395
Principal Investigator:
Richard Penny
Manager of Maritime Opera
(910) 270-8683
rpenny@ensolve.com
Business Contact:
Jason Caplan
President and Chief Scien
(919) 954-6196
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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