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Biofuels Production From Nonedible Bio-oils

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
90356
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-034-0303
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016-4962
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Biofuels Production From Nonedible Bio-oils
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0275
Award Amount: $69,996.00
 

Abstract:

Various efforts to develop biofuels from renewable biomass have been explored. Biofuels made through transesterification processes have the following drawbacks: (1) high freezing point (2) poor cold flow properties (3) poor thermal oxidation stability. Fischer Tropsch chemistry for biomass conversion involves too many unit operations and is cost intensive. Furthermore, conversion of oils from food crops into transportation oils will deplete the food supply. A new approach to biofuel production from non-edible oils is needed. Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes a novel biofuel production process by combining catalytic depolymerization and catalytic hydroprocessing into only a few simple unit operations. The process is not dependent on the feedstock. Glycerides from non-edible oil, waste kitchen oil and grease, cellulose and lignins from biomass, algae cake, plastics waste, animal processing waste and sewage can be used as the biofuel conversion feedstock. The process will be more cost effective and energy efficient.

Principal Investigator:

Shi-Hau Own
Principal Investigator
5407698400
submissions302@lunainnovations.com

Business Contact:

Michael E. Pruzan
Director of Contracts
5407698430
submissions@lunainnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016

EIN/Tax ID: 541560050
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Minnesota
Engineering Building
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108 6005
Contact: Roger Ruan
Contact Phone: (612) 625-1710
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university