NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 H3.03-8904
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER: NNX13CJ23P
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Crew Accommodations and Water Recovery for Long Duration Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Silver Ion Biocide Delivery System for Water Disinfection

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Reactive Innovations, LLC
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael Kimble
mkimble@reactive-innovations.com
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael Kimble
mkimble@reactive-innovations.com
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Crew Accommodations and Water Recovery for Long Duration Missions is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
U.S. space exploration missions have long considered returning to the Moon and exploration of Mars that challenge life support systems. For these long duration missions, NASA is interested in replacing the iodine water treatment system with ionic silver. Although iodine treated water has been used successfully with the International Space Station, its use requires that the iodine be removed before being consumed by astronauts due to its adverse effects on the thyroid. For long duration exploration missions, minimal mass systems are desired that lessen logistical supply requirements for storing and distributing potable water. In particular, it is imperative that an effective biocide is used that prevents microbial growth, biofilm formation, and microbially induced corrosion in the water storage and distribution systems. To address these needs, Reactive Innovations, LLC successfully demonstrated a Phase I program that developed an electrochemical silver ion generator to produce an effective biocide solution for disinfecting water throughout the water storage and distribution system. A follow-on Phase II program will further develop and optimize this cell and control system. This biocide delivery system will be demonstrated in a relevant environment showing its long life performance for preventing biofilm growth.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A potable water treatment process is needed to prevent microbial growth and biofilm formation in the water storage and distribution system for long duration missions. Silver ions have been proven by NASA to be effective for such microbial control, however, there remain significant challenges with the biocide delivery system and materials of construction that are compatible with silver. Our proposed process produces an effective delivery system with a control system that prevents silver deposition on the wetted materials of construction. This offers expanded degrees of freedom for designing the water system.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Silver ion water treatment systems have been used in commercial systems for treating potable water. The proposed technology produces a better distribution of silver ions in the water system that minimizes gradients that affect primary current distributions that deposit silver elsewhere in the water flow system. Low energy and inexpensive materials help drive the technology toward commercial viability.

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
Biomass Growth
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Fluids
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Polymers
Process Monitoring & Control
Remediation/Purification
Waste Storage/Treatment

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