CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Chemical Alliance Zone has awarded three grants totaling more than $53,000, including one for a portable water filtration pilot unit.
The grants were award to Liberty Hydro, Vandalia Research and Keen Process Technologies through the Chemical Alliance Zone's chemical and materials commercialization fund.
Liberty Hydro received $20,000 for a portable water filtration pilot unit needed for customer-site demonstrations of its clean-water technology. The company specializes in water treatment and technology innovation.
The company is a spinoff of the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Research Innovation Center and is located at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.
"This is already helping us in a big way. We've been able to place the new unit at industrial sites to directly demonstrate the technology. This helps us sell the technology and sell new units," John Taylor, Liberty Hydro's chief technology officer, said in a news release.
Vandalia Research, a biotechnology company, was awarded $18,220 for an analytical system. The system is intended to help commercialize the company's key product. The funds also will help the company achieve important industry certification and compliance.
Vandalia is a spinout from Marshall University and is located in Huntington. The company's Triathlon DNA production technology allows for the large-scale reproduction of DNA.