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Innovative Low Flow Rate Energy Recovery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-17-C-0155
Agency Tracking Number: A171-089-1356
Amount: $99,964.47
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-089
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-01
Small Business Information
5107 Unicon Dr, Wake Forest, NC, 27587
DUNS: 080483074
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Murray
 (919) 606-5330
Business Contact
 Joseph Murray
Phone: (919) 606-5330
Research Institution
The lack of potable water is widespread. The Army has portable seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination systems, however they are bulky, truck portable, energy expensive, and too large a scale for small unit level or the individual soldier.There is a need for a small scale, man-portableSWRO units. One impediment to creating this is the energy demands for SWRO systems. Large scale systems have developed energy recovery devices to reclaim the energy in the SWRO waste, these systems do not scale down to a man portable unit. This proposal outlines an innovative method to recover the SWRO waste energy, keep the system small and light, and allow flexibility for a wide range of water conditions and outputs. Using lightweight materials and nano-composite thin film coatings to both lubricate and protect the system from high salinities we propose a small energy recovery device.The system is driven by wastewater and input seawater pressurized to RO levels with a motor that supplies the necessary power above what is recovered. The system size and weight allows for development of a man portable, adaptable, desalinization system.

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