UNIQUE ON-SITE DESTRUCTION OF TRANSFORMER ASKARELS USING A LOW-TEMPERATURE, MILD CHEMICAL METHOD

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,999.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
21553
Agency Tracking Number:
21553
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
4845 Milersport Hwy, Po Box 305, East Amherst, NY, 14051
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Ian Webber
(716) 689-0177
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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Abstract
THESE IS A GREAT NEED FOR A SAFE, ENERGY-EFFICIENT, ON-SITE METHOD FOR DECONTAMINATING VARIOUS CHEMICAL TOXINS. NEARLY ALL (I.E., 99.8%) OF THE POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) FOUND IN CURRENT APPLICATIONS ARE USED AS DIELECTIC FLUID. THIS AMOUNTS TO ABOUT 30,000,000 GALLONS OF PCB-CONTAMINATED FLUID. TO REDUCE THIS EXPOSURE RISK THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS REQUIRING THE ACCELERATED PHASEOUT OF PCB TRANSFORMERS. PRESENTLY, THERE IS NO COST-EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR PROVIDING ON-SITE DECONTAMINATION OF PCB-CONTAMINATED FLUIDS; NOR IS THERE A MILD CHEMICAL METHOD FOR THEIR ULTIMATE DISPOSAL. A NOVEL PCB DECHLORINATION METHOD HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, WHICH HAS POTENTIAL UTILITY FOR THE DETOXIFICATION OF TRANSFORMER PCB FLUIDS THAT PRESENTLY REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT HEALTH HAZARD. INITIALLY INVESTIGATED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE AND EVALUATED BY THE PROPOSED PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, THE HYDROGENATION METHOD, WHICH USES AN EXPENSIVE NOBLE METAL CATALYST BUT OPERATES AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, HAS BEEN SHOWN TO ACHIEVE VIRTUALLY COMPLETE DEHALOGENATIN IN MINUTES. BY SYSTEMATICALLY EVALUATING DIFFERENT CATALYSTS, SOLVENTS, AND PROCESSES, VERITAY TECHNOLOGY, INC., PROPOSES TO FIND AND DEMONSTRATE A COMMERCIALLY FEASIBLE, MOBILE PCB TREATMENT PROTOCOL BASED ON THE CHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF CONCENTRATED PCBS. THE APPROACH OFFERS NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES INCLUDING THE AVOIDANCE OF EXTREME CONDITIONS SUCH AS HIGH TEMPERATURE, WHICH, IN THE CASE OF PARTIAL PYROLYSIS, LEADS TO THE INCREASED PRODUCTION OF DIOXINS AND DIBENZOFURANS.

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