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STTR Phase I: Development of Sugar Beet Pulp Enzymatic Pretreatment System

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84895
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0638102
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atlantic Biomass
507 N. Bentz St. 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE Frederick, MD 21701 4919
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: STTR Phase I: Development of Sugar Beet Pulp Enzymatic Pretreatment System
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0638102
Award Amount: $148,440.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project develops a pretreatment process for biomass that will be used as feedstock for making biofuels, thereby solving a significant problem in this process. Before plant and tree material (biomass) can be used to produce biofuels, or biochemical building blocks for plastics, it must be pretreated to release the targeted components. This pretreatment step is a significant barrier to the development of cost-effective biorefineries that would convert biomass, including agricultural residues not currently being utilized, into biofuels and value-added biochemicals. Instead of the conventional approach, where complex biomass is broken down into small components for later processing into alcohol or reassembly into complex chemicals, this new approach directly converts the various components of the biomass into biofuels and biochemcials. This results in a much less costly process. The first step is to remove components from the backbone of the biomass and process them into biofuels and biochemicals with enzymes specifically developed to perform these tasks. This step not only produces products, but also makes it easier for another set of enzymes to extract larger components of the biomass backbone for processing into biochemicals. This process continues until the backbone is completely disassembled and all the available components were processed. At the end, the remaining sugars are fermented to ethanol.The broader impact of this project is to significantly enable the US to meet the goal of reducing petroleum imports by 60 percent before 2025 by developing technology that makes the agricultural biorefinery economically sustainable.

Principal Investigator:

Robert A. Kozak
Dr
3016441396
Atlanticbiomass@aol.com

Business Contact:

Robert E. Kozak
PhD
3016441396
Atlanticbiomass@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atlantic Biomass
507 N. Bentz St. 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE Frederick, MD 21701

EIN/Tax ID: 520591608
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Hood College
Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701 8575
Contact: Craig K. Laufer
Contact Phone: (301) 696-3656
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university