Microwave Enhanced Freeze Drying of Solid Waste

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,937.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNA05CP02C
Agency Tracking Number:
034554
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
125 Volunteer Way, Myrtle Creek, OR, 97457
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
068766781
Principal Investigator:
Richard Wheeler, Jr., PE
(541) 863-7770
rwheeler@urcmail.net
Business Contact:
John Aker
Business Official
(541) 863-2655
aker@urcmail.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The development of advanced methods for Microwave Enhanced Freeze Drying of Solid Waste (MEFDSW) is proposed. Methods for the recovery of relatively pure water as a byproduct of freeze drying will also be fully developed. The Phase II project will result in the design, assembly, thorough testing, and delivery of a technology demonstrator prototype which may be employed over a broad range of mission scenarios. The prototype system will recover water initially contained within the wastes and stabilize the residue with respect to microbial growth. The dry waste may then be safely stored or passed on to the next solid waste treatment process. Using microwave power in a closed microwave cavity, water-ice present in the frozen solid waste can be selectively and rapidly heated. This results in a more energy efficient lyophilization process, and therefore hardware based upon this technology will have a lower Equivalent System Mass (ESM) than currently available systems.

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