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SBIR Phase I: Bioethanol from Seaweed

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
98965
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0946147
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT.
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BAL
454 North 34th Seattle, WA 98103-8602
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase I: Bioethanol from Seaweed
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0946147
Award Amount: $149,568.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project advances a novel technology that produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from seaweed through microbial fermentation. A microbial platform will produce ethanol from seaweed at a cost significantly lower than the cost of ethanol from corn or Brazilian sugar cane and will produce 80% less greenhouse gases than transportation fuels derived from petroleum. This Phase I project will leverage unique expertise in computational enzyme design and synthetic biology to develop a yeast-based platform that will reduce the costs of fermentation and achieve commercial viability. A yeast-based platform will improve the titer and productivity of ethanol production, while demonstrating the commercial viability of ethanol production from seaweed. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is the domestic production of renewable energy such as biofuels while reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that threaten our climate and environment. To date, domestic biofuels have not been cost-competitive with petroleum, due to a lack of low-cost, scalable sugar sources that do not compete with growing food. Ideal for biofuel production, seaweed is an abundant, scalable, low-cost biomass that actually benefits the environment. Aquafarmed seaweed reduces ocean acidity and eutrophication, while reducing carbon dioxide in the environment. Unlike terrestrial biomass, seaweed does not compete with food crops for land or water use and requires no fertilizer. A yeast system for the fermentation of seaweed will be used by oil and gas companies to produce low-carbon-footprint biofuels near US coastal populations and key oil and gas infrastructure. More than 3 billion gallons of ethanol can be produced domestically from seaweed. This project will maintain the United States' leadership in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering, while enhancing our knowledge of the use of marine biomass for biofuel production.

Principal Investigator:

Yasuo Yoshikuni
MS
2068121514
yoshikuni@ba-lab.com

Business Contact:

Yasuo Yoshikuni
MS
2068121514
yoshikuni@ba-lab.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BAL
454 North 34th Seattle, WA 98103

EIN/Tax ID: 800159752
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No