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Alternative Feedstocks, Pretreatment/Biochemical

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
89717
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Chesapeake Perl, Inc.
8510-A CORRIDOR RD SAVAGE, MD 20763-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Alternative Feedstocks, Pretreatment/Biochemical
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85063
Award Amount: $744,195.00
 

Abstract:

Cost effective enzymatic lignin degradation could play a key role in enabling commercially viable processes for producing fuel ethanol from woody feedstocks, such as corn stover, switchgrass, hybrid poplar, willow, loblolly pine, and eucalyptus. This project focuses on the identification, production, and eventual commercialization of one important class of these enzymes, lignases, which catalyze the degradation of lignin in woody substrates. The biological source of these enzymes is the expressed genomes of termites and their symbionts. Therefore, the approach also involves the identification and commercialization of the cellulases and hemicellulases that typically cooperate with lignases during termite digestion. In Phase I, a subset of R. flavipes termite lignase, hemicellulase, and cellulase enzymes were cloned, produced and partially characterized. In Phase II, (1) additional termite lignases, cellulases, and hemicellulases will be identified, produced, and tested, in order to improve the ability to use these alternative woody feedstocks; and (2) optimized enzyme mixtures will be developed for subsequent commercialization. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should contribute to important Presidential directives to produce greater quantities of ethanol biofuel, at greater efficiency, in order to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Principal Investigator:

George W. Buchman
Dr.
3013179300
gbuchman@c-perl.com

Business Contact:

Robert Balcerzak
Mr.
3013179300
bbalcerzak@c-perl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Chesapeake Perl, Inc.
8510A Corridor Road Savage, MD 20763

EIN/Tax ID: 522218273
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No