Hampton-based engineering firm to develop an advanced water filtration system to support RAS aquaculture industry
Improved water filtration means more possibilities for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Pancopia, an environmental and energy engineering company based in Hampton, will receive $200,000 from the Department of Energy to develop an efficient, low-cost advanced oxidation and filtration system to support the expansion of the RAS aquaculture industry. Grants awarded to Pancopia were of a total 259 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants given by the Department of Energy to small businesses.
Company founder and CEO Bill Cumbie shared that the funding will enable Pancopia to develop reliable and economical water purification solutions to benefit the aquaculture industry. The company has partnered with the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center on past projects. The development of an efficient, low-cost advanced oxidation and filtration system is expected to stoke the expansion of the RAS aquaculture industry.