The Application of Ferrate for Wastewater Reuse

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-07-050
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-07-050
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6432 PineCastle Blvd., Unit C, Orlando, FL, 32809
DUNS: 152238858
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Luke Daly
 President and CEO
 (407) 857-5721
Business Contact
 Luke Daly
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (407) 857-5721
Research Institution
This Phase I project deals with the optimization of on-site ferrate synthesis breakthrough technology patented by Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC (FTT). Ferrate is powerful oxidant and disinfectant for treatment of water and wastewater. Ferrate also possesses efficient coagulation properties and enhanced coagulation can also be achieved using ferrate as a pre-oxidant. Ferrate is well known to science but previous attempts of commercialize ferrate failed for reasons of cost. FTTs innovative approach has three significant benefits: the resulting product is liquid instead of solid product, the product can now be directly injected into a process stream without special handling or mixing equipment; and synthesis can be achieved utilizing the typical existing bulk chemical feeds already in use at treatment plants. Using its current technology the FFT process has reduced ferrate production cost from @20/lb for traditional electrochemical and high temperature approaches to approximately $20/lb. FTT now must move from prototypes and testing to commercialization of its technology, specifically of this Ferrators®. Recently the original prototype, which used manual operation of the Ferrator in a batch mode was modified to permit automated operation. Automated and optimized operation will reduce production costs as well as energy consumption and resource demand. The Ferrator must also be modified to permit integration with continuous flow processes. This project will expand the opportunities to use Ferrate for applications ranging from small-scale on-site automated water and wastewater treatment to large metropolitan systems. Further, the innovative ferrate process can be integrated into an existing hypochlorite system, which is process controlled by a commonly used ORP sensor. Phase I tasks will provide a blueprint to the Phase II production and testing of an automated Ferrator suitable for integration with a water reuse facility. Phase II will test the approaches identified during Phase I that meet the dynamic needs of a large-scale water reuse facility and to field-test this unit to fully evaluate its capabilities.

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