Menlo Park business wins EPA award for technology that protects the environment

by Linda Hubbard on May 25, 2011

A  Menlo Park-based company is among the recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $2.25 million awarded nationwide to 10 small companies supporting the development of new technologies that protect the environment and public health.

Membrane Technology and Research Inc. received $375,000 for creating a novel membrane process to utilize dilute methane streams and a novel membrane for natural gas dehydration, useful in green buildings.

Additional winners include three other small businesses in California as well companies in Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Mexico. Innovative projects include reducing toxic chemicals from landfills, producing an environmentally friendly adhesive, and designing a real-time environmental water monitoring sensor.

“These small businesses are simultaneously leading the way toward a sustainable planet and a healthy economy,” said Dr. Paul T. Anastas, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

Photo of MTR membranes installed in spiral-wound modules courtesy of Membrane Technology & Research.

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