JFD will be presenting a paper at Underwater Intervention with Micropore Inc. on the ExendAir, solid sheet absorbent for diving support. JFD has partnered with Mircopore Inc. to improve their products for future diving operations as part of their innovation program.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued component certification for two Micropore ExtendAir® products. OM-0608K, widely used in mine refuge chambers since 2006, and a new product, OM-1203K, designed for “low coal”, where chambers can be as little as 24” tall. Similar to the ExtendAir® curtains currently used on most of the NATO countries’ submarines, and all of the new US Virginia-class submarines, the curtains “passively remove poisonous carbon dioxide gas without the need for blower systems or artificial circulation. ExtendAir® curtains are the most efficient passive CO2 absorbents available. ExtendAir® eliminates the need for additional hardware, as well as the risk of mechanical failure of blower systems.
The US Navy has completed acquisition of ExtendAir® Lithium Curtains for emergency life support onboard all existing Virginia class submarines. The conversion to ExtendAir® provides the navy with a safe, easy to use CO2 adsorbent while significantly reducing the storage footprint.
Turkey has just completed the acquisition of Micropore's ExtendAir Lithium Hydroxide Curtains for life support onboard their submarines. Micropore's international marketing partners Gentas (Germany) and Atlas (Turkey) assisted in the tender process. Gentas CEO Wigbert Krone accompanied Turkish naval officers on a tour of Micropore's Newark Delaware facility and the inspection of their shipment in early February. See our website for more product details = http://extendair.com/submarine
Divex, one of the world's leading manufacturers of underwater equipment, has
launched the newest variant of their popular Shadow special forces rebreather. The
new Shadow Enforcer is a compact, lightweight rebreather for special operations
and maritime law enforcement. Divex chose Micropore's ExtendAir cartridges to
enhance the units safety, consistency, work of breathing, water tolerance, and
ease of use. The full press release can be viewed HERE.
Another milestone was reached for Micropore’s CO2 absorbents as DUKE researchers
began human testing.
The subjects, all healthy volunteers, were placed under anesthesia using GE
machines fitted with Micropore’s Lithium CO2 absorbers. The studies are being
performed by attending
anesthesiologists at the DUKE University Medical Center North Operation Room
Phase 2 comes after years of product development in house at Micropore. The new
Lithium absorbents are
expected to be on the market later this year.
Doctors from Duke University Medical Center presented 4 papers this week at the American Society of
Anesthesiology Conference in San Diego. The abstracts, a series of comparative studies between
existing granular CO2 absorbent technology, and Micropore's new ExtendAir® Lithium for medical
anesthesia, were well received. The studies show that ExtendAir® Lithium compares favorably to
granular products in all areas studied. Copies of the DUKE ABSTRACTS are in the Medical section of the
The medical industry got its first look at ExtendAir® Lithium this week in San Diego during the
American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) conference. The annual meeting, which draws an estimated
10,000 anesthesia professionals and an additional 6,000 industry representatives, is one of the
largest in the world. ExtendAir® Lithium was extremely well received because it directly addresses the
major shortcomings of existing granular absorbents which include, safety, cost, consistent absorption
of CO2, and reduction of hospital waste through Micropore's integrated recycling program.
Building on Micropore's ISO 9001-2000 certification, the company has now be awarded ISO's new 9001-
2008 certification. To receive this certification, ISO, the International Standards Organization,
requires companies use the most stringent quality control standards, designed to insure customers
receive the same high quality product, every time, with excellent customer service and on time
German submarine manufacturer HDW has now started offering Micropore’s ExtendAir®
curtains as a
standard option for emergency life support on all new submarines. HDW of Kiel
Germany is a major
manufacturer of submarines, supplying the German Navy as well at 16 other
International Navies got their first look at Micropore’s new PowerCube™ today at the SAMAP conference
in San Diego. The PowerCube™ is a CO2 removal system targeted at the world’s non-nuclear submarines.
Non-nuclear (typically Diesel-Electric) submarines rely solely on battery power while submerged.
During this time they utilize chemical CO2 scrubbers to purify the air. The PowerCube™ replaces
granular CO2 absorbents with Micropore’s ExtendAir® solid absorbent cartridges. The resulting
technology removes significantly more CO2, at a higher removal rate, while requiring substantially
less stowage space.
As part of Micropore’s overall expansion plans, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of our new
manufacturing facility. Located in Elkton, MD. The 95,000 s.f. property will house manufacturing, r&d
facilities, as well as the company’s corporate headquarters. For the time being Micropore will
continue to operate its Newark, DE facility.
The Defense Material Organization of the Netherlands awarded Micropore
Incorporated a contract for the supply of an emergency CO2 removal system for use
in distressed submarines (DISSUB). The system will provide CO2 removal capability
for about 7 days for the Walrus-class submarines.
Micropore is pleased to announce it is now a ISO 9001-2000 Certified company. ISO, the International
Standards Organization is the internationally recognized authority for quality control throughout a
companies business model, including accounting and customer service, though QC of finished goods and
on time delivery.
The Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) has released its new regulations aimed at improving
safety and emergency response capabilities in the wake of the Sago mine disaster in January 2006. One
of the primary goals of the legislation is to provide all U.S. coal miners with shelters that will
allow them to have breathable air for up to 96 hours. Micropore is working with many of the shelter
manufactures to bring state of the art capabilities to North American miners. ExtendAir® curtains for
mine refuge chambers offer the most effective means of CO2 removal without the need for electricity.
With a shelf life of up to 10 years, ExtendAir® products are offered on most of the shelters available
for the U.S. market today.
The Public Works and Government Services Canada awarded Micropore Incorporated a
contract for the supply of an emergency CO2 removal system for use in distressed
submarines (DISSUB). The system will provide CO2 removal capability for about 7
days for the Victoria-class submarines.
ExtendAir® submarine technology has been transitioned into a mine safety product
for use in mining emergencies. Lithium Hydroxide curtains can now be used to
control CO2 in mine safety shelters that have been required by the State of West
Virginia and are being tested by MSHA and NIOSH. Click for more information.
As part of the Department of Defense, Domestic Production Act, Micropore was awarded a Title III grant
to increase capacity and further develop high tech CO2 absorbent solutions for military, homeland
security, and industrial applications. Spearheaded by Senator Biden’s office, with support by Senator
Tom Carper and Congressman Mike Castle, ExtendAir is seen as Critical technology for America’s
soldiers and first responders.
The British Royal Navy awarded Micropore Incorporated a contract for the supply
and in-service support of an emergency CO2 removal system for use in distressed
submarines (DISSUB). The system will operate independently of submarine services
and will provide CO2 removal capability for about 7 days for the full complement
of a SSN/SSBN.