Sister Blog: Innovating our Way to a Cleaner Future
This post was originally published on our sister blog, EPA Connect.
By Bob Perciasepe
The history of environmental protection in the United States is a history of innovation. From catalytic converters to advanced batteries, technological innovations have helped us protect our health and environment by reducing pollution.
With that history in mind, today EPA announced more than $2 million in contracts to seven small businesses to develop sustainable technologies that can help protect our environment. EPA’s funding will support technologies ranging from an E-waste recycling process that will help recover valuable resources from industrial scrap to an environmentally friendly insulation that can support energy efficiency in green buildings.
EPA announced that the following seven small businesses will receive contracts from EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program:
- Synanomet, Little Rock, Arkansas
- GVD Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Aerodyne Research, Billerica, Massachusetts
- Okeanos, Covington, Kentucky
- Fluidic MicroControls, Savanna, Illinois
- NanoSonic, Pembroke, Virginia
- Electron Energy Corp, Landisville, Pennsylvania
Since the program’s inception in 1983, EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program has made close to 1,500 awards to small businesses to develop and market their technologies. One such company, Defiant Technologies, won a Small Business Innovation Research contract in 2011 to develop a portable device to detect and analyze harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the environment. Defiant Technologies’ FROG-4000 is now available on the market and allows for onsite analysis of VOCs in 10 minutes – protecting people’s health and reducing the cost of environmental analysis.
Do you have an idea for an innovative technology that can help protect the environment? EPA is still accepting research proposals through August 13 for Small Business Innovation Research funding.
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