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.
The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone's rights or obligations. You may share this post. However, please do not change the title or the content, or remove EPA’s identity as the author. If you do make substantive changes, please do not attribute the edited title or content to EPA or the author.
EPA's official web site is www.epa.gov. Some links on this page may redirect users from the EPA website to specific content on a non-EPA, third-party site. In doing so, EPA is directing you only to the specific content referenced at the time of publication, not to any other content that may appear on the same webpage or elsewhere on the third-party site, or be added at a later date.
EPA is providing this link for informational purposes only. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of non-EPA information provided by any third-party sites or any other linked site. EPA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, internet applications or any policies or information expressed therein.