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Develop EPA/ETV Verification Protocol Draft for Cartridge-Based Biofiltration Systems

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 Inc. and its collaborating partners will develop a draft of a verification protocol to add HAPcontrol LLCs Cartridge-Based Biofiltration System and Bio-Furniture to the 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:
1. to improve the workplace air quality in industries releasing a HAP or VOC;
2. eliminate the adverse environmental impact inherent to current systems and;
3. 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 EPA Verification Protocol Draft for our 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 have been successfully met.

Accomplishments included:
1. develop EPA Verification Protocol draft;
2. implement and instrument the TTE test cell;
3. construct production level Bio-Furniture and;
4. verify Bio-Furniture performance

The documents, procedures, and TTE test cell will continue 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 conditions found at other facilities, and gives us the ability to test and document the performance of new System configurations that are tailored to their specific operating conditions.

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We have exhibited at both the CoE Symposium and the EPA/ETV SBIR Regional Technology Workshop held in 2008, and installed a first beta site in 2009. Technical publication or presentations are not desirable due to continual 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 efficiency Bio-Panel, and additional System 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 Inc.

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