Sustainable Nitric Acid Production Using Non-thermal Plasma

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$89,890.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
99205
Agency Tracking Number:
2010-00122
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
924 CORRIDOR PARK BLVD, Knoxville, TN, 37932
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112073119
Principal Investigator:
Neal Fine
Chief Technology Officer
(401) 595-7379
nfine@flysafetech.com
Business Contact:
Neal Fine
Chief Technology Officer
(401) 595-7379
nfine@flysafetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a new process for fixing nitrogen from air in the form of nitric acid using non-thermal atmospheric plasma with a heterogeneous catalyst. Reductions in the cost of producing nitric acid (in comparison with existing state-of-the-art processes) will lead to the reintroduction of well-established and tested methods for producing fertilizers consisting of sodium, potassium or calcium nitrate using nitric acid as the nitrogen feedstock. This will by-pass the ammonia synthesis step in the production of nitrogen fertilizers while eliminating the costly dependence of nitrogen fertilizer on natural gas.

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