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DENVER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Dickinson, N.D. - based SolarBee, Inc. an $80,000 grant to conduct research on a solar-powered aeration technology to remove trihalomethanes from water distribution systems.
Trihalomethanes are a group of chemicals formed as byproducts when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbes in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water. Trihalomethanes include chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.
SolarBee’s research will help develop more efficient ways for water utilities to remove these contaminants and meet EPA drinking water standards.
SolarBee is among 25 companies receiving a total of $2 million for technology development toward sustainable solutions for the environment under EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.