The NODE biosensor: real-time contaminant detection in stormwaterEPA Contract Number: 68HERD19C0025
Title: The NODE biosensor: real-time contaminant detection in stormwater
Investigators: Altizer, Megan
Small Business: Enoveo USA, LLC.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Project Period: May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Project Amount: $100,000
RFA: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) PHASE I (2019) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Phase 1 (2019) , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Wastewater, Stormwater, and Water Reuse
Stormwater management is a growing challenge across the country. Water quality standards are becoming increasingly strict as new regulations are developed at the state level. Meanwhile, changing land use and greater urbanization make meeting these standards even more difficult. Currently, stormwater samples are collected in the field and analyzed in the lab, a process which is time-consuming, costly, and provides poor data resolution. Enoveo USA's biosensor, NODE, offers real-time, online, continuous monitoring of stormwater quality, allowing closer observation of water quality in a less labor-intensive, more efficient, and sustainable manner. NODE has been piloted in wastewater and groundwater applications, and this Phase I grant will allow Enoveo USA to further develop our current design for stormwater applications and validate it in a real environment. Enoveo USA is working with industrial partners who believe that this technology will greatly benefit their clients. With an estimated half a million permittees required to meet regulatory standards in this area, the market for NODE is significant. The results from this Phase I research will allow NODE to be customized to meet each user's unique monitoring needs; with the myriad of regulations which vary for every water district, NODE is a tool everyone can use.