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Friday, September 4, 2015

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Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and environmentally benign stain-resistant finishes.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding to support 19 small businesses across the country Tuesday (Sept. 1).

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EPA has awarded $1.9 million to small businesses focused on projects involving air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, building materials, water and homeland security research.

Each of the 19 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology.

When the project is commercially viable, the companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.

Coatings, Concrete Tech Funded

The grant recipients include TDA Research Inc., of Wheat Ridge, CO, a R&D firm focused on a project to come up with “a cheaper and greener polyurethane coating for the paint industry,” according to the EPA.

If successful, the project will result in “a cost-effective, drop-in technology that allows the elimination of isocyanate from current two-part polyurethane coating formulations without the need for reformulation and requalification,” according to technology details.


Isocyanates are widely used in the manufacture of flexible and rigid foams, fibers, coatings such as paints and varnishes, and elastomers, and are increasingly used in the automobile industry, autobody repair, and building insulation materials, according to the CDC.

Metna Co., of Lansing, MI, also received an EPA boost to develop an alternative concrete chemistry with enhanced sustainability, safety and strength.

TIAX LLC, of Lexington, MA, received a grant to work on its technology for stain-resistant textile coatings.

Revolutionary Projects

“Small businesses today are revolutionizing the tools available to protect human health and the environment,” said EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator Thomas A. Burke. “Their technologies are creating new innovative solutions while ensuring a commitment to environmental sustainability.”

According to the EPA, additional grant recipients include:

  • Industrial Microbes Inc., California, for reducing carbon pollution in chemical manufacturing using a low-cost biological solution.
  • SioTeX Corporation, Texas, for reducing industrial processing pollution by harvesting silica from rice hulls.
  • dTec Systems LLC, Washington, for recovering excess nutrients from wastewater at wastewater treatment plants.
  • Advanced Technologies & Testing Laboratories Inc., Florida, for designing a self-regenerative air filter that converts harmful substances in the air into water and carbon dioxide.
  • Waddan Systems LLC, California, for developing a lower cost, sensor for simultaneous detection of multiple air pollutants for leak detection and air quality monitoring.

EPA will be soliciting the next round of SBIR Phase I awards later this month.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Building materials; Coatings; Coatings Technology; Concrete; Environmental Protection; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Government; Research; Research and development

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