NASA Spinoff Database: Bacteria Provide Cleanup of Oil Spills, Wastewater

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2010
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-196
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Phototrophic cell for water purification on International Space Station

Through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts with Marshall Space Flight Center, Micro-Bac International Inc., of Round Rock, Texas, developed a phototrophic cell for water purification in space. Inside the cell: millions of photosynthetic bacteria. Micro-Bac proceeded to commercialize the bacterial formulation it developed for the SBIR project. The formulation is now used for the remediation of wastewater systems and waste from livestock farms and food manufacturers. Strains of the SBIR-derived bacteria also feature in microbial solutions that treat environmentally damaging oil spills, such as that resulting from the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Page Number in Published book: 108
Manufacturer: Micro-Bac International Inc.

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