Xergy Inc. Seaford, DE, July 22, 2016
Summary: Xergy Inc. has demonstrated its breakthrough technology for desalination, and received a $150K Phase I SBIR Award from DOE to build a prototype system
Xergy Inc. a small business in Delaware, developed advanced membranes for electrochemical applications under prior Small Business Innovation Awards. One important application of these membranes is in desalination systems for brackish and salt water.
Bamdad Bahar, Xergy’s President explained “This program started with our company sponsoring a senior engineering design project at University of Delaware. We really didn’t know what to expect. It was an application we thought might work, but we weren’t sure. Much to our surprise, we found amazing flux rates of very pure water by drawing a vacuum on our membranes with salt-water on the other side! So we used the data from the work, to submit a proposal to the Navy and to the Department of Energy – who are both concerned about what is called the “Energy-Water” nexus. Water is a critical component of energy systems globally. And fresh water shortage is a massive issue for our planet. We believe we have developed the most efficient system for sea-water desalination, that can operate independently anywhere in the world. And as part of this DOE program, we hope to deliver a unit to a Navy Station on San Clemente Island off the coast of California. One important feature, of our system, is that it also employs an electrochemical ozone generator to disinfect water and provide very high quality potable water without bacteria. So there is literally no need to ship any chemicals for water treatment. The system is efficient and independent.”
Xergyhas now won a first round SBIR award for $150K to demonstrate this unit. And, hopes to work with the University of Delaware’s Lewes campus to draw salt-water directly from the Bay/Ocean to produce clean potable water on site.
The Xergy’s membrane technology involves combining ion exchange media with a reinforcement to provide an ultra-thin, ultra-strong high performance membrane. This membrane was originally developed for Xergy’s break through Compressor system operating as a proton-pump. Proton-Pumping systems are well known in biological systems as the mechanism utilized to move nutrients across cell membranes. This technology is transformational and disruptive, and will revolutionize water availability globally.
Xergy has developed many products from its R&D efforts related to ECC’s including advanced ion exchange membranes, catalyst coated membranes, micro-humidifiers, andadvanced gas storage containers to name a few.It has also partnered with the University of Delaware and Delaware State University on 4 different programs based on its technologies.
Xergy Inc. is a high-technology start-up venture based in Sussex County, Delaware with over 40 patents in process.It has entered into programs to commercialize this technology with a number of global F500 companies. Xergy Inc. won the GE Ecomagination award in 2011, was a finalist in the Cleantech Awards in 2012, won a DOE SBIR Phase 1 award in 2013, Phase II award in 2014, DOE Benefit Award in 2015, and DOE SBIR Phase IIB in 2016. Xergy has also been featured on Bloomberg Television.
For more information, please visit Xergy’s website www.xergyinc.com or contact Bamdad Bahar, at 302 629 5768