Mainstream Engineering Awarded Contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command to Develop Greywater Recycling System
Navy vessels such as littoral combat ships (LCS) must follow local and federal regulations when disposing of wastewater in littoral waters. These strict regulations prohibit discharging greywater in many areas. Therefore, the greywater generated by the galley, scullery, and other shipboard operations must be stored aboard the ship until the wastewater can be safely offloaded shoreside or at sea outside littoral water limits.
LCS holding tanks are normally designed to only support a 12 hour period of operation, and retrofitting a larger tank is expensive. To avoid the frequent, expensive visits to offload waste ashore, Mainstream Engineering is now adapting a greywater recycling system that they originally developed for recycling Army kitchen wastewater for use aboard ships.
About Mainstream Engineering
Mainstream Engineering Corporation is a solutions-oriented research, development, and manufacturing small business. The company’s history of leading-edge research and development has resulted in advanced, lean-manufacturing, cost-competitive products, which are all made in the USA.
Founded in 1986, Mainstream’s mission is to transition advanced thermal control, energy storage, and energy conversion technology into high-quality, cost-effective, environmentally safe, green commercial products. Products include lightweight diesel/JP8-fueled engines (including generators and hybrid vehicle drive trains), advanced thermal control units, advanced biomass conversion technologies, refrigerators/freezers for shipping containers, and the QwikProduct™ line of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) products. Areas of advanced research include thermal control, energy conversion, engine and emissions research, turbomachinery, chemical technology, and materials science.