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Step-Out Process to Upgrade Clycerol to Bio-Diesel

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84105
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
82270
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
110 Dorsa Ave Livingston, NJ 07039-1037
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Step-Out Process to Upgrade Clycerol to Bio-Diesel
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84795
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

The production of biodiesel around the world is increasing at an astonishing pace. In the U.S., total annual production capacity is expected to be almost 2 billion gallons by the end of 2008. At this production rate, over 660,000 metric tons of glycerol will be produced as a by-product each year ¿ over 2.5 times the current U.S. glycerol production capacity ¿ creating a glycerol glut with few outlets. This project aims to develop technology for converting the excess glycerol byproduct from biodiesel production into glycerol tert-butyl ethers, an oxygenated additive for diesel fuel. Phase I demonstrated that this reaction can be conducted in a fixed-bed reactor using a highly active and selective heterogeneous catalyst. The catalyst was proven stable for 50 hours of continuous operation. Limitations on the reaction rate were identified, and methods to overcome these limitations were demonstrated. Phase II seeks to develop reactor configurations and process designs that can be integrated seamlessly into existing yet idle units for the production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), taking full advantage of the similarity between glycerol etherification and MTBE process chemistry. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: This technology eliminates the primary waste stream from the production of biodiesel and converts it into a valuable commodity, an additive for diesel fuel. It simultaneously improves the economics and profitability of conventional biodiesel by adding value to a waste stream, allows refiners to meet renewable fuel standards in diesel, and offers MTBE producers the opportunity to utilize existing plants with low capital investments.

Principal Investigator:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com

Business Contact:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039

EIN/Tax ID: 345765404
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No