Pancopia Celebrates FLC Award

Pancopia is excited to announce that it has been awarded an Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year 2017 award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for the development of a next-generation water purification system for NASA’s use on the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Pancopia was a co-recipient of the FLC commercialization award with USDA, which has been a partner in the development, patenting, and licensing of two sets of organisms used in this innovative technology.

NASA has invested in the development of this technology through a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. Collaborating with NASA and the USDA, Pancopia has developed a process that incorporates current wastewater treatment technology with recently discovered, patented organisms and processes to remove the major wastewater pollutants—organic carbon and nitrogen—at a far lower cost than any current treatments. Pancopia is also developing similar technology for use in the $100 Billion plus municipal and agricultural wastewater market.

Bill Cumbie, Pancopia’s CEO and founder, noted “Our company is honored to receive this award with USDA, and truly could not have done it without NASA’s support and funding for our research”.

The FLC is a federal network of over 300 agencies, laboratories, and research centers across the United States that focuses on commercialization strategies for accelerating the movement of technologies from research to the marketplace. For more about the FLC, please visit https://www.federallabs.org/.

Pancopia, Inc. is based at the Reaktor Business Technology Innovation Center in the National Institute of Aerospace, located in Hampton, Virginia. It has received grants from the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to assist in its development of its technology and two contracts with NASA for development of its process for use in space exploration.  In addition to its partnership with NASA, USDA, and CIT, Pancopia also partners with leading universities including Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, Bucknell, and Purdue to develop transforming technology.

The award was given on August 29th, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH. Pancopia is proud to share this award with Drs. Vanotti, Szogi, and Rothrock from the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA, Dr. Martinez, an USDA-ARS visiting scientist from IRSTEA, France, and Dr. Celant De Pra from the Federal Technological University of Parana, Brazil. Following this recognition in the southeast division, the project will continue on to be considered at the national level.

In the future, Pancopia is looking forward to continue its work with Anammox in recycling and treating wastewater both for space and decentralized systems, as well as continuing to work with the USDA.

CIT Award Press Release

Contact:         Bill Cumbie (757) 344 – 8607                                                  June 10, 2017

 

Tech Startup Pancopia Lands State CIT Award

 

HAMPTON, VA; June 13, 2016 – Pancopia, Inc., an environmental R&D and consulting company, was awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), a technological business initiative program run by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson noted, “The Virginia technology community submitted nearly 150 proposals during this solicitation, an increase of more than 66 percent over the previous round in 2015. The awards made in this round will continue to produce the exciting outcomes already demonstrated by the portfolio, including intellectual property created and licensed, job and company creation, and follow-on investment.”  The press release from Governor’s McAulliffe’s office with details of the award announcement can be accessed at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=15591.

 

The grant will enhance Pancopia’s research and development of a new technology to remove nitrogen from wastewater at one third the cost of current technologies. Early research that established feasibility of this technology was funded by NASA through a Phase I SBIR contract in 2016.   Development of this environmentally friendly technology will decrease the amount of nutrient runoff pollution, be more energy efficient, easier to operate, and reduce costs to about one-third the price of current systems.

 

Bill Cumbie, the company’s founder and Chief Technical Officer was extremely pleased by the award and noted,  “This award permits us to advance our research in critical areas and is a validation of the importance of our research.  We greatly appreciate the endorsement of our research by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Center for Innovative Technology. We are excited to see where our research takes us.”

 

About Pancopia, Inc.

Pancopia is a private R&D and engineering company specializing in environmental and energy engineering.  Located in Hampton, VA, its personnel have several decades of experience providing sustainable environmental and energy solutions throughout the commonwealth. To learn more about the company, please visit us online at http://www.pancopia.com.

NASA Phase II Press Release

Contact:         Bill Cumbie (757) 344 – 8607                                                  June 8, 2016

 

Pancopia Lands $750,000 Contract with NASA

 

HAMPTON, VA; June 8, 2016 – Pancopia, Inc. was awarded a $750,000 Phase II SBIR contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create the prototype for a biological wastewater treatment system for space exploration activities, possibly including the International Space Station and other manned missions. This news comes following the successful completion of the Phase I feasibility testing in December of 2015.

 

Under this contract, Pancopia will finish the development of its patent-pending wastewater treatment technology for a zero-gravity environment. The system will be capable of removing 95% of the organic carbon and ammonia from the wastewater, and will serve as part of the overall system to recycle wastewater to drinking water. Presently, water comprises 92% of the cost of sustaining human life on the space station. Since it currently costs $83,000 to lift a gallon of water into space, development of a more efficient water recovery system has the potential to greatly lower operating costs.

 

The company is also working to adapt its process to treat municipal wastewater and septic systems, which will remove organic carbon and ammonia for one-third the cost of current technologies while reducing energy consumption by 60%.

 

Bill Cumbie, Pancopia’s founder and chief technical officer, is very optimistic about the contract. “After our technology’s success in Phase I, we are excited to continue development, and this Phase II contract allows us to do just that.” Mr. Cumbie was also quick to share the credit, giving recognition to the “amazing team from different universities and agencies whose combined expertise truly made the whole thing possible.”

 

Pancopia expects to complete Phase II in May, 2018, and continue on to Phase III commercialization of this exciting new technology.

 

About Pancopia, Inc.

Pancopia is a private R&D and engineering company specializing in environmental and energy engineering.  Located in Hampton, VA, its personnel have several decades of experience providing sustainable environmental and energy solutions throughout the commonwealth. To learn more about the company, please visit us online at http://www.pancopia.com.

NASA Phase I Press Release

Contact:         Bill Cumbie (757) 344 – 8607                                                  May 1, 2015

 

Tech Startup Pancopia Wins Research Contract with NASA

 

HAMPTON, VA; May, 2015 – Pancopia, Inc. was awarded a $125,000 Phase I SBIR contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to determine the feasibility of rapidly starting a biological wastewater system for use in space.  Development of a biological wastewater treatment system to be used on the International Space Station, and possibly for other space exploration activities in the future, has the potential to significantly lower the cost of missions.

 

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington noted, “The selected proposals demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity of America’s small businesses…Enabling NASA’s future missions, including human exploration of Mars, requires broad participation, and the SBIR/STTR Programs ensure the agency is benefiting from the passionate and determined minds of the private sector.” The NASA press release can be accessed at: http://sbir.nasa.gov/selection_press_rel/node/54497

 

Currently, it costs $83,000 to deliver a gallon of water to the space station. As water represents 92% of total life-support consumables for the space station, recycling water is of the utmost importance. Pancopia’s cutting edge research combining the freeze drying of organisms and use of the newly discovered bacteria Anammox, has the potential to significantly reduce life support costs.

 

Pancopia’s founder and Chief Technical Officer Bill Cumbie was very excited about the contract, saying that it was “a game changer” for the small startup. “We are excited that a premier technology organization like NASA is supporting our research. The prospects for this technology are enormous, and our research will significantly advance the body of knowledge regarding this technology.”

 

Pancopia will complete the Phase I testing in December, 2015, and hopes to continue on to Phase II and Phase III contracts in the future.

 

About Pancopia, Inc.

Pancopia is a private R&D and engineering company specializing in environmental and energy engineering.  Located in Hampton, VA, its personnel have several decades of experience providing sustainable environmental and energy solutions throughout the commonwealth. To learn more about the company, please visit us online at http://www.pancopia.com.