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Develop EPA/ETV Verification Protocol Draft for Cartridge-Based Biofiltration Systems, and Validate Performance of HAPcontrol LLC Engineered Bio-Furniture

Primary Partner: HAPControl LLC
Project Type: TAD 2006
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Technical Description:

This material is based upon work supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under Award Number EPA 05 X-83232501-0.

HAPcontrol LLC and its collaborating partners will develop a draft of a verification protocol to add HAPcontrol LLC's Cartridge-Based Biofiltration System and Bio-Furniture to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of available approaches and equipment. The project also includes the design and construction of a test cell capable of verifying the complete line of products, construction of bio-furniture and verification of bio-furniture performance. HAPcontrol's approach is to redefine natural biofiltration into a patented, fully controllable and engineered system using preferential microbes tailored to efficiently degrade the specific target pollutant. This is united with the concept of combining source capture with control wherein the offending pollutant is captured at the source and then controlled or remediated and recirculated adjacent to the source and within the building. As part of the company's line of engineered Bio-Furniture, microbial activity is housed in cartridges mounted within table height airflow control modules that also serve as industrial furniture such as tables, walls, etc., to conserve valuable floor space and put the remediation close to the pollutant source point. All the design, tooling and prototyping have been completed and production floor use and verification is in process, being conducted by Cornell University under a Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) Grants for Growth (GfG) matching funds program.

Expected Outcomes:

Goals are to improve the workplace air quality in industries releasing a HAP or VOC; eliminate the adverse environmental impact inherent to current systems; and reduce the economic burden of mandatory industrial emissions compliance. HAPcontrol’s objective is to supply versatile, low cost, rapid startup, high removal efficiency, low tech Bio-Furniture Systems with complete and transparent bio-activity control, and therefore provide the end user with a repeatable and long-lived HAP/VOC removal system.


The objectives of this project were to establish a new U.S. EPA Verification Protocol Draft for the System components, construct and qualify a TTE test cell, and validate the performance of key Bio-Furniture components in the TTE on an ongoing basis. All the objectives were successfully met.

Task 1: Development of EPA Verification Protocol draft 
The document has been accepted by EPA and is ready for publication.

Task 2: Implementation and instrument testing of the TTE test cell
Construction of the 12’ by 16’ by 10’ high TTE test cell in the Triad facility has been completed. It is capable of evaluating the complete line of HAPcontrol products, and Cornell has coordinated the instrumentation.

Task 3: Construction of production level Bio-Furniture
Assembled, tested, inoculated, and readied for verification testing of a production CAM8 piece of Bio-Furniture.

Task 4: Verification of Bio-Furniture performance
Viability and accuracy of the TTE and Test Protocol was verified by the data collected in the TTE on this series of test runs correlating within an averaged 2% of the predicted values established by the standard Unified Emission Factors (UEF’s) for the processes and materials being tested.


The docusments, procedures, and TTE test cell will contineu to be used by HAPcontrol for verification of the remaining product line and future products in development. The TTE will also be used to replicate condtions found at other facilities, and gives us the ability to test and document the performance of the new System configurations that are tailored to their specific operating conditions.


We exhibited at both the CoE Symposium and the EPA/ETV SBIR Regional Technology Workshop held in 2008, and installed a first beta site in 20009. Technical publication or presentation are not desirable due to continuing patenting efforts.

We have been granted the core utility patent and two additional product module configuration patents. A new patent was recently filed for the high efficiecty Bio-Panel, and additional Sstem utility patent applications are being drafted to cover the latest product line expansions, including the hybrid exhaustless spray booth.

Bio-Furniture Tables

Photo Credit: HAPcontrol LLC

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