High Efficiency Biofilter for Styrene Removal from Indoor Air

EPA Contract Number: 68D60044
Title: High Efficiency Biofilter for Styrene Removal from Indoor Air
Investigators: Wikstrom, C. V.
Small Business: Bioengineering Resources Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1996 through March 1, 1997
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , Air Quality and Air Toxics


Fiberglass boat manufacturing operations in the United States produce large amounts of volatile organic carbon (VOC) emissions, especially styrene and acetone. It is estimated that 2 to 140 tons of styrene are formed per plant per year and a total of 20,150 tons are emitted each year in the United States. It is proposed to utilize the ability of microorganisms to completely mineralize both acetone and styrene from air in fiberglass boat manufacturing facilities. A mixed culture will be developed for this purpose. A biofilter will then be constructed for the removal of these volatile and toxic substances. This filter should be highly efficient for the removal of VOC in air and would be inexpensive to operate. Finally, a preliminary process development study will be undertaken to identify parameters and design constraints necessary for a Phase II demonstration, and to attract industrial collaborators.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, air emissions, engineering, chemistry., Industry Sectors, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, Manufacturing - NAIC 31-33, Chemistry, HAPS, indoor air, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, indoor air pollution control, styrene removal, biofilter , air pollutants, environmentally conscious manufacturing, emission control technologies, indoor VOC compounds, ambient air, hazardous air pollutants, industrial emissions, biofilter, air pollution, emissions, workplace, ambient emissions, acetone, indoor air quality, Styrene, biofiltration systems, emissions contol engineering

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