A New Vapor Recovery Nozzle for Air Pollution Control

EPA Contract Number: 68D30067
Title: A New Vapor Recovery Nozzle for Air Pollution Control
Investigators: Rabinovich, Joshua E.
Small Business: H and R Technology Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 1993 through November 1, 1994
Project Amount: $149,978
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1993) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The vapor recovery nozzle is an air pollution control device which relates to Stage II emission control equipment designed to capture gasoline vapors during automobile refueling at service stations. The existing vapor recovery nozzles are difficult to handle, the bellows prone to cuts, and the vacuum assist pumps require frequent and costly maintenance.

The primary objective of this project is to develop a new, more effective, low initial cost and low maintenance cost vapor recovery technology. This technology is based on a proprietary bellowless vapor recovery nozzle with an onboard vapor recovery pump, and aims at solving major problems inherent in previous designs.

In Phase I of the project of the project a preliminary model of this nozzle was constructed, tested and evaluated. It has proved the proposed technology's feasibility of achieving compliance with all UL, California Air Resource Board, Weights and Measures, EPA and Fire Marshal agencies standards and regulations.

Phase II of the project will consist of the improvement and fine- tuning of the vapor recovery nozzle developed in Phase I and the building of Phase II preproduction prototypes, which will comply with all standards and regulations of the regulating agencies.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Sustainable Industry/Business, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, New/Innovative technologies, Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, gasoline, vapor recovery, air pollutants, control, emission control technologies, air pollution control, pollution control technologies, recovery, air pollution, emission controls, pollution control, recovery technologies, treatment, emissions control, automobile refueling, air emissions, emissions contol engineering

Progress and Final Reports:

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