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BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTION OF METHANOL FROM METHANE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7802
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7802
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Engineering Resources, Inc.
P.o. Box 3682, Biomass Research Center Hwy112 Fayetteville, AR 72702
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTION OF METHANOL FROM METHANE
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $495,455.00
 

Abstract:

SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CONVERSION OF METHANE INTO METHANOL WOULD ALLOW UTILIZATION OF REMOTE OR DILUTE NATURAL GAS, ENHANCE COAL CONVERSION PROCESSES, AND REDUCE THE COST OF A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES. SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN CATALYTIC CONVERSION PROCESSES ARE NOT LIKELY, AND NOVEL APPROACHES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ADVANCE THIS TECHNOLOGY. CERTAIN MICROORGANISMS, CALLED METHANOTROPHS, CONVERT METHANE INTO METHANOL. THESE UNUSUAL BACTERIA USUALLY METABOLIZE METHANE COMPLETELY TO CO(2), WITH METHANOL AS AN INTRACELLULAR INTERMEDIATE. THEREFORE, METHANOL PRODUCTION REQUIRES MANIPULATION OF THE ORDINARY ENZYMATIC REACTIONS, BY REGULATION OF THE ELECTRON TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, IN ORDER TO FAVOR THE METHANE MONOOXYGENASE PATHWAY. TWO ISOLATES HAVE BEEN FOUND TO PRODUCE LOW CONCENTRATIONS OF METHANOL. THIS RESEARCH PROJECT WILL FOCUS ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THESE CULTURES TO DEFINE THE FEASIBILITY OF BIOLOGICAL METHANOL PRODUCTION. CONDITIONS TO MAXIMIZE METHANOL YIELD, PRODUCTION RATES, AND CONCENTRATIONS WILL BE EXAMINED. METHANOL TOLERANCE WILL BE DEFINED, AND METHODS TO INCREASE TOLERANCE WILL BE STUDIED. FEASIBILITY OF THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN CONTINUOUS REACTOR EXPERIMENTS AND THROUGH A PRELIMINARY PROCESS DESIGN AND ECONOMIC EVALUATION.

Principal Investigator:

Dr C W Ko
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Business Contact:

Stephen s adams
5014429448
Small Business Information at Submission:

Engineering Resources
1400 Kings Drive Fayetteville, AR 72701

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