EPA awards $2.3M to 21 small businesses for novel tech like PFAS water remediation


In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving $2.3 million in funding for 21 small businesses to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment by monitoring air quality, treating drinking water, cleaning up contaminated sites, and creating greener, less toxic materials.

framergy Inc., of Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the 21 recipients of EPA’s research funding.  framergy, in collaboration with Texas A&M University, will develop a novel water pretreatment system which combines the use of a cutting-edge nanostructured sorbent for effective removal of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, otherwise known as PFAS.  At the heart of the technology is its innovative, chemically stable, metal organic frameworks.

Another EPA SBIR small business, GreenTechnologies, LLC, is commercializing a sustainable and innovative treatment and nutrient recovery process for wastewater. Their processes recover nutrients such as phosphorus, carbon and nitrogen in wastewater and convert the excess nutrients into sustainable slow-release fertilizers, branded under the name GreenEdge®, which are being sold commercially throughout the country and internationally.