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USEPA Environmental Technology Commercialization Center (ETC2)

WTN, as a subcontractor to Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, provides support to ETC2 which is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). WTN provides technical expertise in support of the transfer and commercialization of EPA-developed technology and facilitates technical interchanges between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the USEPA. In addition, WTN provides technical and administrative support for a Battelle employee who is working on the ETC2 project and co-located in the WTN offices in Dayton, Ohio.

ETC2 BACKGROUND AND GOALS

ETC2 was established in 1998 with funding of $3 million provided by the USEPA. Battelle Memorial Institute, under a Cooperative Agreement with the USEPA's Office of Science Policy, established ETC2 in its Cleveland office. ETC2's mission is to develop and implement an environmental technology commercialization network in Ohio and to extend the network throughout the Midwest and the nation. The goals of the program include identification of technologies and capabilities resident within the USEPA and development of a comprehensive technology transfer commercialization network to link these technologies and capabilities to firms in the marketplace. ETC2 assists companies (especially small, minority-owned or women-owned businesses) seeking to gain access to EPA Technology and expertise by facilitating Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and license agreements. ETC2 utilizes various outreach mechanisms including TechDialogs, focused Technology Transfer Presentations for individual companies or industry clusters, press releases and publications that appraise businesses of assistance with environmental issues. Grants to promote involvement of colleges and universities have been utilized; and, ETC2 is a major supporter of the National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator located at Central State University near Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

WTN'S ROLE

In its role as the technology intermediary for the AFRL at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, WTN has been involved in the assessment and transfer of Air Force technology to several segments of the commercial market, including the environmental segment. In the environmental arena, technologies are needed that minimize or eliminate the introduction of harmful chemicals into the environment; and, improved technologies are needed for detecting, quantitating, isolating and detoxifying hazardous materials introduced into the environment. Air Force installations and Air Force operations frequently require implementation of technologies designed to detect, correct, or prevent environmental problems. WTN has not only been working to transfer technologies produced by the Air Force R&D establishment to the commercial sector, but WTN has also been able to facilitate the transfer of technology from the private sector into the hands of Air Force environmental engineers or Air Force contractors.

Furthermore, working with ETC2 provides an excellent opportunity for WTN to introduce Air Force-developed technology to EPA researchers and also to facilitate transfer of EPA-developed technology into Air Force programs and into the commercial sector.

EXAMPLES OF WTN INVOLVEMENT

Facilitating EPA's Preliminary Evaluation of Membranes Formed from POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes)-Modified Polymers Developed by AFRL/Propulsion Directorate (PR)

ETC2 and WTN have continued to work cooperatively to facilitate interactions between personnel working in the sustainable Technology Division of EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) and AFRL/PR. After an initial meeting and exchange of information in December 1999, the EPA and AFRL scientists exchanged technical information and this exchange was followed by shipment of POSS-modified polymers to EPA/NRMRL's Sustainable Technologies Division. Subsequently, EPA scientists prepared polymer films and preliminary evaluations of these films in the laboratory are in progress. These initial tests have, to date, yielded promising results. Development of improved membranes could lead to more effective and yet more economical methods for removing dissolved contaminants from groundwater and wastewater.

ETC2 Interactions with WTN, AFRL and the National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator

National Environmental Incubator at Central State University.
ETC2 personnel attend WTN staff meetings and WTN has facilitated ETC2 informational briefings at AFRL. For example, WTN facilitated a recent ETC2 briefing for the AFRL Technology Transfer Focal Points at WPAFB. ETC2 interactions with AFRL personnel provide an opportunity for transmitting information concerning the NET Incubator that is being developed by ETC2 in conjunction with Central State University and the Ohio Department of Development. The NET Incubator provides environmental scientists/entrepreneurs with the opportunity to develop new businesses based on new technologies that sometimes originate in federal laboratories.

View of an NET Incubator laboratory.

 
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