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NEI Corporation, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award recipient, has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for their self-healing, corrosion protection coating technology.
NEI Corporation received funding from the U.S. EPA SBIR Program for their coating technology in 2013. These corrosion-resistant coatings could allow utility companies and industries to consider the use of more corrosive alternate water and wastewater sources for non-potable application, such as industrial cooling, reducing the stress on fresh water sources. These thin protective coatings, when applied to the inside of heat exchanger tubes, provided corrosion protection, while maintaining the desirable heat transfer properties.
The U.S. EPA SBIR program currently funds up to $100,000 for Phase I proposals and $300,000, if selected for Phase II for continued development and commercialization of the technology.
For learn more about NEI Corporation: NEI Corporation
For information about U.S. EPA’s SBIR Program: EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
For the full article visit: US Patent and Trademark Office Allows NEI Corporation’s Claims for a Self-Healing Coating
To learn more about NEI’s SBIR award see: Self-Healing Corrosion Resistant Coating: An Enabling Technology to Allow Use of Alternate Water for Cooling