Our technology took the Grand Prize at the 2010 Environmental Innovation Challenge, while our commercialization strategy earned us the “Best Clean Tech Award” at the 2010 UW Business Plan Competition and national recognition as Semifinalists in the 2010 Cleantech Open competition. In June of 2011, we filed an international patent application through the UW, for which EnVitrum holds the worldwide exclusive licensing option. This patent will protect our novel manufacturing process, as well as a number of applications for our innovative recycled glass material.
We have continued to develop our technology and recently completed research under two prestigious awards. The first was a UW C4C Commercialization Gap Fund grant that focused on process optimization, manufacturing scale-up and preliminary mechanical testing. The second was a Phase I Small Business Research Innovation Grant awarded through the National Science Foundation.
The overall results of our NSF SBIR Phase I project provide conclusive evidence that materials created through our proprietary process can meet or exceed the performance requirements of masonry products. Further, these results demonstrate that our material can be used in a broader range of applications than initially thought; a suite of both interior and exterior applications are viable. The results of our Phase I project have provided the data necessary to move forward with the commercialization of our technology. Having established the feasibility of this technology, EnVitrum intends to adapt the process to industrial scale manufacturing.
This research has enabled EnVitrum to move forward with a number of demonstration projects in collaboration with the architectural community. The firm Perkins+Will is currently designing an interior living wall that will be displayed in their Seattle office.