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Proposal Number: 0421162
Proposal Title: Novel, NZP-Ceramics Based Water Treatment Process - "A Safe and Economical Approach"
Topic Number: H-SB04.2-003
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Alternatives to Cl2 in Municipal Water Purification
Organization: SMAHT Ceramics Inc.
Address: 181 W. 1700 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115-5247  
Abstract: At the present time, Chlorine is an indispensible commodity when it comes to disinfecting municipal water supplies. Unfortunately, `chlorine` production and storage installations are under an ever increasing threat of terrorist attacks. Thus, there is a dire need to develop alternative municipal water purification technologies that are inherently more safe and less damaging in the event of a terrorist attack. Metallic elements such as `silver` have been known to possess excellent antimicrobial and bacteriostatic properties for a very long time. In recent years, several alternative "disinfection" approaches have emerged that utilize `silver` and other such metallic elements in conjunction with ceramic or polymeric carriers for various small scale applications. There is still considerable room for improving on the economics, safety, and scalability of such approaches through proper innovation. SMAHT Ceramics, herein, proposes the development of a novel, NZP-ceramics based water treatment technology that has better safety ("terrorism proofing"), performance and application potential than the state-of-the-art. If successfully developed, this technology is also likely to enable significant cost-savings by integrating the water filtration and purification steps. Numerous commercial applications, valued at billions of dollars, ranging from household items to chemical, biomedical, and aerospace supplies and equipment are imminent.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC050032
Period of Performance: 11/01/2004 - 05/15/2005
Award/Contract Value: $100,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $100,000.00