Fast Lightoff Catalytic Converter

EPA Contract Number: 68D50161
Title: Fast Lightoff Catalytic Converter
Investigators: Pfefferle, William
Small Business: Precision Combustion, Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1995 through March 1, 1996
Project Amount: $300,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1995) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) has developed a low cost, very fast lightoff, high efficiency MicrolithTM catalytic converter capable of inexpensively achieving upcoming Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) automobile emissions standards mandated by California and the Northeast. Work done to date through EPA Phase I-II funding and subsequent ongoing Phase III has demonstrated initial product performance and durability through testing at U.S. auto manufactures, as well as effective application to a variety of industrial air toxic environments. EPA Phase III funding will be directed toward optimizing this technology in conjunction with development work at PCI U.S. industrial partners for application in several specific automotive platforms and for targeted industrial air toxic solutions. Phase III will also be directed toward process development for volume production of successful prototypes. Phase III will conclude with the design and test of several optimized MicrolithTM converters for U.S. auto company specifications and for VOC cleanup.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, engineering, commercialization., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Sustainable Industry/Business, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, ambient air quality, emission control strategies, automobile engine, air pollutants, volatile air toxics, motor vehicle exhaust, automotive emissions, pollution control technologies, VOC removal, VOCs, pollution control, automotive combustion, air pollution, ambient emissions, automotive exhaust, combustion, catalytic combustion, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), automotive emission controls, emissions contol engineering, exhaust, catalytic converter

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