Pancopia as a company focuses mainly on Research and Development. Most of our research centers on environmental and energy engineering, with a current emphasis on wastewater treatment. Our hard-working team is committed to creating new and innovative ways to lower the negative effects of energy use, become more energy efficient and even energy positive, lower pollution levels, and more. To learn about our current R&D projects, (along with our consulting contracts), please visit our Projects page.

Current Research

Although Pancopia has many areas of interest, the current focus is on the development of nitrogen/ammonia reduction and removal in wastewater. Through NASA, Pancopia has developed and commercialized a novel biological nitrogen removal system for use on the International Space Station, as well as collaborative research on a second-stage effluent system. This focus also carries into Pancopia’s work with the USDA on ammonia emissions-capping systems for swine lagoons. Pancopia plans to continue these research contracts, as well as delve further into new applications for nitrogen capping and removal.

Research Funding

In order to do our research and create new and innovative systems, we have to have the money to do so. Although most of our funding is revenue from our contracts, we have also received research grants from outside sources.

  • Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Matching Grant. The CIT is a technological business initiative program run by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The grant was given to supplement our research in biological wastewater treatment systems that significantly decrease nutrient runoff pollution. Pancopia received one of only 48 awards given.
  • NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The SBIR program at NASA is designed to fulfill NASA needs through small businesses, forming a partnership that benefits both parties. Pancopia received this contract to help NASA develop an effective, reliable wastewater treatment system to be used in space exploration.
  • USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the USDA’s SBIR program is designed to fund high-risk, high-reward research that can improve agricultural practices and the communities that depend on them. Pancopia received this contract to develop an odor-capping system for swine lagoons that can significantly reduce ammonia emissions and the negative health affects they have on communities that surround them.