NSF SBIR Phase I Grantee Workshop

On March 13-15, 2017, Dr. Keisuke Ikehata and Mrs. Chelsea Roy from PACE attended the 2017 NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I Grantee Spring Workshop in Arlington, VA, where the PACE team met with the NSF program director and networked with other Phase I awardees around the country.

On December 6th, 2016, the second award was given to PACE for $225,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program. PACE is conducting a series of bench- and pilot-scale experiments on this unique patented photobiological process that utilizes diatoms to rapidly remove inorganic scalants and nutrients and enhanced fresh water recovery from RO concentrate. The NSF SBIR Phase I study will focus on process optimization, organic matter characterization, and secondary RO feasibility. The USBR study will investigate the scale-up issue by designing, constructing, and operating a 1,500-gallon photobioractor at the USBR’s Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo, NM. Our goal is to prove the effectiveness of the technology further to scale-up the process and apply it at a commercial scale with real-life applications.