NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 X3.01-8064
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Process Technologies for Life Support System Loop Closure
PROPOSAL TITLE: Novel Process Technologies for Disinfection of Potable Water

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
KWJ Engineering Incorporated
8440 Central Avenue Suite 2D
Newark, CA 94560 - 3453
(510) 405-5911

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jospeh R Stetter
8440 Central Avenue
Newark, CA 94560 - 3453
(510) 405-5911 Extension :2

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
KWJ is proposing a microfabricated multichannel ozone source, and will evaluate several designs for efficiency of ozone production in Phase I. The voltage requirements to produce a sustainable plasma discharge in the microchannel depend on the field strength required to cause the electrical breakdown of gas, and can be minimized by reducing the electrode gap as well as by impedance matching to optimize the power transfer to the ozone generation reaction. The proposed innovation combines microplasma ozone generation with a microreactor platform to provide a low energy-cost, highly efficient and compact sterilization system using ambient air for ozone production. Our vision includes efficient, scalable micro-reactors that are safe, need no handling of chemicals, are low power and effective for direct use in NASA applications to disinfect potable water. The design incorporates closed-loop process flows with no chemical handling required by the crew. The technology will produce spin off products to clean air, water, and surfaces for NASA as well as commercial clients.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA Applications:
Purification of recovered water
Purification of air
Surface and utensil Disinfection

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Improved energy efficiency will open a number of residential and commercial applications:
Small-scale water disinfection systems RVs, homes
Localized, on-site decontamination and disinfection recycled and waste water
Public Pools and spas
Residential Pools and spas

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Analytical Methods
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Food (Preservation, Packaging, Preparation)
Process Monitoring & Control
Waste Storage/Treatment

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