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NASA Invites Media to Licensing Ceremony

Press Release From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Media are invited to a license signing ceremony between NASA and SageGuard Solutions of Westlake, Ohio on Wednesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. The event will take place in the Administration Building Auditorium at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Media who want to cover the event should contact Jeannette Owens at 216-433-2990 or jeannette.p.owens@nasa.gov for security clearance.

Glenn and SageGuard Solutions leadership will sign a commercial license agreement for a high-voltage water purification method that relies on electricity to remove contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, algae, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and bio-waste, from water without chemicals or filters.

By injecting plasma into water and bombarding it with up to 100,000 volts of electricity pulsed in nano-second bursts, this method effectively kills every cell of bacteria in the water without raising the temperature more than a single degree.

“We are delighted to enter into this commercial licensing agreement with SageGuard Solutions. It ensures the discoveries that have come from our aeronautics research are made broadly available to entrepreneurs,” said John Sankovic, Glenn’s director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation. “NASA has already solved some of this century’s most challenging technical problems, and these solutions are now being used by others in ways never envisioned.”

The water purification technology has applications in industrial water treatment, water recycling, and water purification for military bases, disaster sites and regions without easy access to clean water.

“At this time, there is a tsunami of opportunity within the water industry and our intent is to capitalize on these opportunities to benefit society, science and business,” said SageGuard Solutions CEO Ray Erker.

The high-voltage water purification method was invented and developed by Dr. Isaiah M. Blankson and Dr. Grigory Adamovsky of Glenn, and Dr. John E. Foster, of the University of Michigan.

For information about the high-voltage water purification system, visit:

https://technology.grc.nasa.gov/patent/LEW-TOPS-21

For information about SageGuard Solutions, visit:

http://www.sageguardsolutions.com/

For information about technologies available for licensing at NASA Glenn, visit:

http://technology.grc.nasa.gov


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