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EPA Awards $100K to Rocky Mount, N.C., Small Business to Develop a Cleaner, More Efficient Cookstove

Contact Information: 
Davina Marraccini (marraccini.davina@epa.gov)
404-562-8293, 404-562-8400

ATLANTA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Babington Techonology in Rocky Mount, N.C., is among 13 small businesses selected nationwide to receive a total of $1.3 million to develop and commercialize technologies to help solve current environmental issues. Babington Technology will receive $100,000 for a project to improve current cookstove combustion technology to reduce electrical power consumption, reduce carbon emissions and lower cost.

“The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country’s environmental problems,” said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.”

Each of the 13 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. If Phase I is successful, companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.

Additionally, the following companies are also receiving a Phase I SBIR contract:

  • Prometheus SenTech, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, to create a sensor to monitor organic compounds in the indoor environment.
  • ASAT, Inc., Cottage Grove, Ore., to develop a cookstove that will heat homes and cook food while also lighting the kitchen and charging cell phones.
  • Hi-Z Technology, Inc., San Diego, Calif., to introduce a power stove that will save trees, reduce cooking fire particulates and reduce premature deaths caused by indoor air pollution.
  • Renuvix, LLC, North Fargo, N. D., to create a resin technology that will be free of toxic components and will improve the current process of creating polyurethane coatings.
  • Faraday Technology, Inc., Englewood, Ohio, to develop an improved nutrient extraction technology that will be used to treat agricultural nutrients in wastewater.
  • Microvi Biotech, Inc., Hayward, Calif. to develop a cost-effective solution for treatment of nutrients in wastewater and recovering the nutrients as a valuable bioproduct.
  • NanoSonic, Inc., Pembroke, Va., to make an ultra-thin membrane used to recover phosphorus and other nutrients in wastewater.
  • XploSafe, LLC, Stillwater, Okla. to recover excess nutrients in wastewater using sorbent pellets that can release the nutrients back into the soil.
  • Professional Analytical & Consulting Services, Inc., Coraopolis, Pa., to repurpose plastic and automotive waste to produce electrically conducive plastic.
  • Revolution Research, Inc., Orono, Maine to design the manufacturing process for a bio-based, “green” ceiling tile that is durable, non-hazardous and compostable, with higher insulation properties. 
  • TIAX, LLC, Lexington, Mass. to develop a technology that will decontaminate biological material in railway and subway cars with reduced manpower while protecting workers from exposure.
  • Zeteo Tech, LLC., Ellicott City, Md., to create a technology that will safely and rapidly decontaminate biological agents in railroad and subway cars that could also be used for reducing odor and allergy causing molds.

More information about the EPA SBIR Program: www.epa.gov/sbir   

More information about the SBIR Program across the Federal Government: www.sbir.gov/  

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