On site sterilizing solution production system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-10-C-6521
Agency Tracking Number: N073-165-0688
Amount: $749,959.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-165
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
Cascade Designs
4000 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA, -
DUNS: 076627454
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ian Norris
 Research Engineer
 (206) 676-6005
 ian.norris@cascadedesigns.com
Business Contact
 Pete Haggerty
Title: V.P. Government&Legal A
Phone: (206) 676-1422
Email: pete.haggerty@cascadedesigns.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Marine Corps currently uses 5 wt% sodium hypochlorite solutions (bottled bleach) as a general disinfectant/sanitizer in their combat field kitchens. Diluted bleach solutions are used for processing fresh fruits and vegetables, water purification, surface sanitizing, and general cleaning use. However, the limited shelf-life of bottled bleach (3-6 months) and the hazardous nature of concentrated hypochlorite solutions place significant logistical burdens on military operations in terms of its transportation and storage. Functioning as a direct replacement for bottled bleach, we proposed in Phase I the development of a batch electro-chlorination system that produces a mixed oxidant bleach replacement (i.e. a 5.0 wt% sodium hypochlorite solution). Our electrolysis approach is highly advantageous since high purity table salt, water and electricity are the only consumables. The breadboard devices developed in Phase I were designed primarily to show the technical feasibility of our electrolysis process, and only limited emphasis was placed on addressing the actual usability of the envisaged electro-chlorinator. Consequently, Phase II will be predominately targeted towards the overall design of the on-site electro-chlorinator from a functionality and usability perspective. Our Phase II effort will conclude with the fabrication and delivery of four prototype electro-chlorinators for field evaluation by the Marine Corps.

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