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InfinitPipe gets USDA boost for its sustainability, agriculture potential

The very first green and sustainable pipe has been awarded a $100,000 federal research grant to explore its potential as a sustainable yet durable resource for agriculture.

“InfinitPipe: An Economical Sustainable Pipe for Agricultural Use,” a proposal submitted by QuakeWrap, Inc. describing this new game-changing pipe technology, is the winner of a support grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). QuakeWrap is the only company from Arizona to win the grant.

“The relatively simple construction technique of InfinitPipe will allow farmers to purchase the raw materials and lease the equipment to build the pipes they need,” said Dr. Mo Ehsani, principal investigator of the proposal and a pioneer in the introduction of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) products for repair and strengthening of structures since the late 1980s. FRP is the major component used in the construction of InfinitPipe, and the USDA-supported research focuses on the unique construction and feasibility as an impermeable pipe which can be made readily available for agricultural applications.

More information on this lightweight, endless pipe and its applications can be found on the InfinitPipe website here.


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