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H-SB04.2-003
Alternatives to Cl2 in Municipal Water Purification

NBCHC050027 0421085
(FY04.2 Phase I)
On-Site Generation - The Safe, Effective, and Low Cost Disinfection Strategy

MIOX Corporation
5500 Midway Park Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109-5800

11/01/2004
to
05/15/2005
$99,893.55

On-site generation technology utilizes common salt (sodium chloride) which is made in to a dilute brine solution that is converted in an electrolytic cell to a chlorine-based liquid disinfectant. The chlorine component is important since the US EPA requires a chlorine disinfection residual value in drinking water in the United States. There are no hazardous materials used, consumed or produced in the process. The product produced is not hazardous since the concentration of the oxidant is less than 1%. Operating costs are very low compared to chlorine gas or commercial sodium hypochlorite (bleach) since consumbables are commonly available salt and electrical power. The commercial applications of this technology are significant world-wide and include potable water, wastewater, cooling towers, swimming pools, and other applications requiring a chlorine-based disinfectant. System sizes range from large municipal water applications to individual use devices for both the commercial and military sectors. Mixed-oxidant variants of the disinfectant have been demonstrated to reduce disinfection by-products (trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids) and provide other significant chemistry benefits for potable water, cooling towers, swimming pools, and other applications.

H-SB04.2-003
Alternatives to Cl2 in Municipal Water Purification

NBCHC060059 0423002
(FY04.2 Phase II)
On-Site Generation - The Safe, Effective, and Low Cost Disinfection Strategy

MIOX Corporation
5500 Midway Park Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109-5800

04/24/2006
to
07/23/2008
$749,605.59

The objective of the research presented in this Phase II proposal is to extend and understand the success of the Phase I work and to conduct the work plans developed in the Phase I activities. The primary objective of this research is to develop answers that will remove barriers to implementation of on-site generation technology as a replacement for chlorine gas, and to provide scientific answers that will help implement application of on-site generated mixed-oxidants to a wider variety of water treatment applications. The four areas of research will be Cryptosporidium parvum inactivation, oxidant speciation, electrolytic cell coating optimization, and biofilm removal.

H-SB04.2-006
Improved and Innovative Cooling Garments for Emergency Responders

NBCHC050024 0421104
(FY04.2 Phase I)
Ultra-lightweight modular cooling system

NanoPore Incorporated
2501 Alamo SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-3220

11/01/2004
to
05/15/2005
$99,998.00

Active cooling of HAZMAT and SWAT team members can significantly improve their performance in critical situations. However, current cooling systems are heavy, bulky, and don`t provide adequate cooling rates. By employing a new meso-channel adsorption bed using high capacity, sheet desiccants operated in a ambient-air cooled cross-flow mode, cooling capacities of 50 to 125 W can be generated with weights that are 2-5 times less than previous adsorption coolers or phase change materials such as ice. Depending upon the mode of operation, the cooler can produce dry air for sweat evaporation, chilled air, or chilled water. For this project, we will produce chilled water for circulation through a garment developed by Oklahoma State University under funding from the Department of Homeland Security`s Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). This new cooler will be developed and integrated into the MIPT garment in Phase I. During Phase II, weight, performance and design optimization will be undertaken in addition to the development of a cost-effective manufacturing process. In addition to the first responder market, this cooling device has a number of commercial applications in sports, medicine, and extreme weather situations.

H-SB04.2-006
Improved and Innovative Cooling Garments for Emergency Responders

D06PC75391 (formerly NBCHC060012) 0422008
(FY04.2 Phase II)
Modular, lightweight microclimate cooling system

NanoPore Incorporated
2501 Alamo SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-3220

11/15/2005
to
01/15/2009
$748,000.00

The availability of a lightweight microclimate cooling system will dramatically improve performance and comfort for first-responders operating in HAZMAT environments. In this project, we will continue the development, testing and demonstration of adsorption-based microclimate cooling systems which can be configured for a range of first-responder mission profiles. The cooling system can provide 150 watts of cooling for a minimum of one hour and have a weight of 4-5 pounds. Cooling can be provided as either recirculating chilled water or dry air through a vest worn by the user.