A HIGH-CAPACITY METHOD OF WATER PURIFICATION FOR FARM PRODUCTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
18877
Agency Tracking Number:
18877
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2501 North Loop Drive, Ames, IA, 50010
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Joseph J Hanak
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
APOGEE CORPORATION IS ADDRESSING THE TOPIC OF THE PRESENT SOLICITATION DEALING WITH CONSERVING WATER RESOURCES AND RESTORING WATER QUALITY BY PROPOSING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE, PROPRIETARY METHOD OF POTABLE WATER PRODUCTION ON A SCALE MUCH LARGER AND COST MUCH LOWER THAT HERETOFORE POSSIBLE. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO DEMONSTRATE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A METHOD OF WATER DEMINERALIZATON OF DESALINATION AT SUFFICIENTLY HIGH CAPACITY AND LOW COST TO BE SUITABLE FOR APPLICATION IN FARM PRODUCTION INCLUDING IRRIGATION OF CROPS, WATERING OF ANIMALS, AND AQUACULTURE. THE NEW METHOD, NAMED CED, IS BASED ON ELECTRODIALYSIS (ED). THE EFFORT CONSISTS OF IMPLEMENTING CERTAIN MAJOR MODIFICATIONS IN THE EXISTING METHOD. SPECIFICALLY, THE APPROACH WILL BE TO CONSTRUCT A CED TEST APPARTUS AND TO STUDY THE DEPENDENCE OF DESALINATION PERFORMANCE ON INDEPENDENT PROCESS PARAMETERS, ESPECIALLY ON ONE WHICH HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED IN THE PAST. IT IS EXPECTED THAT AT HIGH VALUES OF THIS KEY PARAMETER, SUBSTANTIAL GAINS IN THE WATER-SALT SEPARATION RATIO, THE RATE OF DESALINATION, THE VOLUME OF WATER PRODUCED AND POWER EFFICIENCY WILL BE REALZIED, AS WELL AS THE ELIMINATION OF EXPENDABLES - FILTERS AND MEMBRANES.

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