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Energy efficient process for solvent extraction of oil from microalgae using…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95204
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
94222
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
05 d
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.
335 WATER STREET NEWPORT, DE 19804-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Energy efficient process for solvent extraction of oil from microalgae using green solvents
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Solvent extraction by hexane is the most common choice for extraction of oil/lipids from algae. However, hexane is not the best choice of solvent for algae oil extraction because of the need to market byproducts for human and animal consumption. Oil and hexane from the solvent extraction process are separated by distillation/evaporation which is an energy intensive operation. Presence of explosive hexane vapors in the oil processing plant is also a serious safety concern. Extraction of algae oil with alcohols (e.g. ethanol) will eliminate the emission and toxicity issues. However, energy consumption for alcohol recovery/separation is significantly high because alcohols boil at higher temperature and latent heat of alcohols is 2-2.5 times higher than hexane. Compact Membrane Systems

Principal Investigator:

Praveen Kosaraju
Dr.
3029997996
pkosaraju@compactmembrane.com

Business Contact:

Stuart Nemser
Dr.
3029997996
snemser@compactmembrane.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
335 Water Street Newport, DE 19804

EIN/Tax ID: 510348256
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of New Hampshire
33 Academic Way
W315 Kingsbury Hall
Durham, NH 3824
Contact: Ihab Farag
Contact Phone: 6038622313