Okeanos Technologies is one of only a handful of companies awarded the prestigious grant
Union, KY (June 29, 2013) – Okeanos Technologies has announced that the company has been awarded a highly coveted Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant will help Okeanos fund continued development of its highly paralleled WaterChip™ microdesalination platform for ultra-efficient sea and brackish water desalination.
“It is clear from this follow-on award that the EPA is concerned about our globe’s deteriorating fresh water reserves,” says Tony Frudakis, CEO of Okeanos Technologies. “They also recognize that transformative innovations in the field of desalination are rare, but that such innovations will be required to avert future water-related crises”
The Company is currently working with researchers at the University of Cincinnati Research Institute to transform its simplex bench prototype, representing a single microdesalination unit, into WaterChipTM cartridges containing highly paralleled arrays of these units operating in tandem. These solid-state cartridges will represent the world’s first membraneless desalination technology and will be capable of world-record desalination efficiency. As a fundamental building block of the Company’s desalination platform, they will be integrated into various higher-order system configurations to serve varying desalination markets.
Okeanos’ project to develop the simplex bench prototype with the University of Texas at Austin was one of 25 selected for EPA SBIR Phase I awards last year out of the several hundred that applied. Phase II follow-on awards were awarded to only a few of the 25 Phase I awardees after a highly rigorous and competitive agency and peer-review process, and Okeanos Technologies will be leveraging these funds to enhance and accelerate the prototyping of the WaterChipTM cartridges.
“Our plan during Phase II is to translate the success we have experienced so far into a real-world product that promises to make an immediate difference. Without the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, none of what we are doing presently would have been possible,” says Frudakis.
About Okeanos Technologies
Okeanos was formed in 2012 to develop and commercialize a next-generation, ultra-efficient desalination technology. Our solid-state WaterChipTM platform harnesses and redirects the corrosive potential of seawater to separate salts from water with world-record efficiency. Our disruptive/transformative WaterChipTM platform is expected to enable a more distributive water distribution model and simultaneously address a number of profound environmental, economic and human health related problems. For more information about us please visit our website at www.okeanostech.com.
About the EPA
The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment through the development and enforcement of science-based policies and regulations. For more on the EPA’s priorities please visit our website at www.epa.gov.