Multiplexed Aerobic Fermentation of Broad-Spectrum Feedstocks for Biofuel Production
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Menon and Associates, Inc. (MAA) proposes an innovative method enabling aerobic fermentation of abundant, local, non-food, cellulosic feedstocks to produce biofuels. The method also solves the glycerol waste problem by recycling it into the feedstock, thereby increasing process efficiency at the same time as reducing waste. It converts not only cellulose but also hemicellulose into fuel, and in future it may be developed to convert even lignin into fuel. The Phase 1 goal is to demonstrate an end-to-end process for conversion of a broad range of feedstocks using a novel multiplexed fermentation process into biofuel on the laboratory bench scale. In Phase 2, MAA will extend the process upto the stage where biojet as well as biodiesel will be produced in collaboration with its partners and demonstrate liter-scale production of both fuels as well as developing the detailed design of a feasible system.
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Menon and Associates, Inc.
12282 Libelle Ct. San Diego, CA 92131
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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
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