Research Grant Supports Small Company to Treat Unsafe Well Water
A Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NIFA is supporting a small company in Wise, Virginia, Micronic Technologies, to pursue commercialization of its new technology to treat unsafe well water to the point where the water meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean drinking water safety standards. The technology, MicroDesal, quickly evaporates the water to separate impurities. MicroDesal then recaptures the liquid for safe use. Awarded an SBIR Phase I grant, the company success-fully demonstrated the technology’s feasibility with outstanding results, removing more than 95 percent of nitrate contaminants consistently from eight community wells over three seasons. Nitrites were undetectable. The woman-owned business employs military veterans and has student interns to provide them real-world experience.
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