Pancopia Featured as NASA SBIR Success Story

On June 12, Pancopia was featured in a story NASA recently published on Pancopia’s water recycling technology, and its future uses within NASA. The article, available both on NASA’s SBIR homepage and within the Success Stories tab of the website, covers the research Pancopia has been conducting for NASA throughout the past 3 years.

The article, which was published by NASA’s SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) department, highlights success stories of companies that are moving successfully through the research and development stages, towards product availability and commercialization. Pancopia was chosen as its most recent highlight, focusing on the recent developments the company has made both towards making more effective water recycling in space a reality, as well as its steps towards transferring its technology to other earth-bound applications.

NASA’s article focuses first on the Ph. I, II, II-X, and III projects Pancopia has worked on since 2015, geared towards creating the next-generation nitrogen removal system for recycling water on the International Space Station. After explaining the basics of the technology, the article goes on to highlight additional research completed through this project, such as freeze-drying organisms for easy travel and storage in space. Beyond this, the article mentions several non-NASA applications for Pancopia’s nitrogen removal system, including its potential for providing a cost-effective alternative for the municipal wastewater treatment market.

Pancopia is honored to be featured for this Success Story article, and is excited to continue working closely with NASA in the future, providing a reliable nitrogen removal system for future manned space missions.

The article is available on the NASA SBIR homepage, as well as available as a PDF for download here.

Pancopia Receives National FLC Award

On Wednesday April 25, 2018 Pancopia, Inc. received a National Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year 2018 award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for the development of a next-generation water purification system for NASA’s use in manned space exploration, including possible Mars missions and colonies. 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. In September, Pancopia and the USDA won a similar award for the southeast region and were recently winners on the national level.

NASA has sponsored and invested in the development of this technology through Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts. 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 “We are honored to receive this award with USDA who has partnered with us to develop this technology.  NASA’s support and funding for our research has provided the platform to assist in meeting their needs and commercialize our process. With their support, Pancopia is moving forward with plans for its first municipal pilot installation this summer.”

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

Our official press release is listed here.

Portsmouth Residuals Project Completed

Pancopia is happy to announce that it has recently completed its annual contract with the City of Portsmouth. This contract involved removing and dewatering residuals from the Lake Kilby lagoon. The residuals were then prepared for their future use as a fertilizer on farmland. Pancopia’s staff, teamed with CH2M, has overseen this process each year since the project’s inception in 2003. Pancopia has a strong relationship with the City of Portsmouth, as members of our staff have worked for the city for over 25 years on various projects, including the development the residuals management plan that is currently in use.

The work for this contract was started in August of 2017 and completed in early December, ahead of schedule. Pancopia is pleased with the quality of the work completed, and looks forward to continuing the relationship with the City of Portsmouth, as well as working this project again in future years.

Pancopia Presents at WaterJAM 2017

Pancopia, Inc. was honored to give a presentation at WaterJAM 2017 this past September.WaterJAM Presentation

Chief Technical Officer Bill Cumbie presented on behalf of Pancopia, outlining our current research in wastewater treatment technology for NASA. The brief history of the base of our research, anammox bacteria, the premise of our project, the Phase I testing and results, Phase II tasks and progress so far, and future uses for the technology were among the topics covered in the presentation.

WaterJAM is an annual conference hosted by the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) and the American Waterworks Association (AWWA) for professionals in the water, wastewater, and stormwater sectors. This year’s conference, held in Virginia Beach, featured presentations from top researchers and leaders in various fields that cover the latest industrial and technological trends.

To learn more about WaterJAM, click here.

To view our presentation and learn more about our processes, click here.

Tomorrow’s Tech Podcast Features Pancopia

Pancopia’s CTO, Bill Cumbie was recently featured in a guest spot on Tomorrow’s Tech Podcast.

During the podcast, the two discussed Pancopia’s NASA research, the origins of the science behind it in Anammox bacteria, and its future applications here on Earth. Topics covered also included some of the company’s upcoming projects, technological advancements in the wastewater treatment industry, and the importance of biological solutions in space.

To listen to the full podcast, please click here.

Tomorrow’s Tech Podcast is a relatively new Podcast station that “interview(s) exponential leaders, learn(s) about future trends in technology and tell(s) (listeners) how to get involved in creating the future”. The host, Gina Lynch runs the podcast out of Virginia Beach, VA, and interviews a wide range of technological professionals on the cutting-edge of their fields.

To see other podcasts from Tomorrow’s Tech, visit their soundcloud here.