Porifera's first PFO membrane roll (2013).

Porifera's first PFO membrane roll (2013).

It all started with DARPA...

DARPA funded some of the most significant technological advances of our time. There may not be an internet to read this webpage on if DARPA fund its development. The list of inventions funded by DARPA include brain interfacing machines that enable functional prosthetic devices, stealth airplanes, GPS, robot dogs, and our PFO technology.  

DARPA funded some of the most significant technological advances of our time. There may not be an internet to read this webpage on if DARPA fund its development. The list of inventions funded by DARPA include brain interfacing machines that enable functional prosthetic devices, stealth airplanes, GPS, robot dogs, and our PFO technology.  

Porifera was founded in 2009 to answer a challenge from the Department of Defense's DARPA program for an advanced desalination system. DARPA wanted a low-power, transportable system that would purify the dirtiest saline water they could throw at it - the infamous DARPA Challenge Water, an ugly, greenish solution of algae, fertilizer, seawater salts, and sand designed to plug membranes.

Porifera's first PFO system, at Point Hueneme in 2013,  testing sponsored by DARPA and performed by the Army, showcased the strength of PFO technology to dewater challenging feeds.

Porifera's first PFO system, at Point Hueneme in 2013,  testing sponsored by DARPA and performed by the Army, showcased the strength of PFO technology to dewater challenging feeds.

Porifera's team of innovative scientists and engineers responded by developing a breakthough forward osmosis membrane.  In our first prototype experiments, we concentrated standard testing solutions of seawater. Our membrane was 3x faster andhad better selectivity than anything else on the market.  Then, we dewatered a solution of live algae from NASA with similar success. After that, we tried the DARPA Challenge Water......and it also worked! We then knew that we not only had a technological answer for DARPA, but the solution to a much bigger problem. For industries that struggle with complicated wastewater systems or the high costs of trucking and evaporating water, Porifera’s PFO Membrane Technology is an unprecedented solution.