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Biofuels Production from Hemicellulose

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83610
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00068
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Farasis Energy, Inc.
21363 Cabot Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545-1657
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Biofuels Production from Hemicellulose
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17995
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

The global issues of increasing petroleum prices, and the impact of fossil fuel consumption on climate-change, have renewed national priorities to develop replacements for petroleum-based fuels that are non-polluting and renewable. Microbe-based processes for the production of fuels from biomass represent sustainable technological options. In order to successfully transition the U.S. to a predominantly biofuels-based manufacturing and transportation economy, it will be critical to diversify biofuel fuel types and sources. To address this national priority, Farasis Energy, Inc. is proposing to develop platform microbial strains capable of rapidly fermenting the mixed sugars contained in the hemicellulose fraction of agriculture residues to produce biofuels, biofuel precursors and fuel additives. During Phase I, a genetic improvement program will be executed on enteric microbes to identify strain variants capable of rapidly fermenting hemicellulose syrups to fuels. These platform strains will be ideally suited for industrial programs aimed at economically converting the currently underutilized hemicellulose fraction of biomass to fuels.

Principal Investigator:

Ranjini Chatterjee
5107326600
rchatterjee@farasis.com

Business Contact:

Keith Kepler
President
5107326600
kkepler@farasis.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Farasis Energy, Inc.
23575 Cabot Blvd. Ste. 205 Hayward, CA 94545

EIN/Tax ID: 020598260
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No