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Company Information:

Company Name: UNITED ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY, LLC
City: Horseheads
State: NY
Zip+4: 14845-2714
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (607) 796-0830

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,229,748.00 12
SBIR Phase II $7,066,349.00 11
STTR Phase I $150,000.00 1

Award List:

A New Process for Biodiesel Production Based on Waste Cooking Oils and Heterogeneous Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, R&D Manager
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In the United States, the vast majority of biodiesel consumed is made from soybean oil by an energy and labor-intensive alkali-catalyzed process known as transesterification. The cost of biodiesel production is much higher than for petroleum-based diesel, and it is therefore not currently… More

A New Process for Biodisesel Production based on Waste Cooking Oils and Heterogeneous Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, R&D Manager
Award Amount: $296,000.00
Abstract:
Biodiesel is a renewable and clean form of energy produced from biomass materials. Although interest in biodiesel is rapidly increasing, the process by which biodiesel is synthesized has not changed much in the last twenty years. In the United States, the vast majority of biodiesel is made… More

Intensified Process for Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Although interest in biodiesel is rapidly increasing, the process by which biodiesel is synthesized has not changed much in the last two decades. Currently, biodiesel is made by a homogeneous-catalyst-based transesterification process, wherein soybean oil is reacted with methanol in the presence of… More

SBIR Phase I: High Efficiency Low Cost Nitrogen Fertilizer Production from Fly Ash

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peng R. Zhang, MS
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an innovative manufacturing technology for high efficiency, low cost nitrogen fertilizer from fly ash, which is a recycled material from coal power plants that may contain high concentrations of mercury and carbon. The… More

SBIR Phase I: Heterogeneous Catalytic System for Biodiesel Production from Alaska Fish Oil

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, MS
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a continuous flow, fixed-bed heterogeneous catalytic system for production of cost-competitive biodiesel from fish oil. Alaska's fisheries are experiencing a high diesel fuel cost for fishing vessels and boats, while a significant… More

One-step Biodiesel Production from Yellow Grease

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Vice President
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In the United States, the vast majority of biodiesel consumed is made from soybean oil by a homogeneous alkali-catalyzed process known as transesterification. This process is very inefficient and could be improved substantially; however, it has not changed much in the last two decades. In addition… More

SBIR Phase I: Continuous Flow Fixed-bed Biodiesel Production from Algae Oil

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, PhD
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to develop a highly energy efficient, high throughput continuous flow fixed-bed reactor technology for cost-effective algae oil biodiesel production. Algae oil has emerged as one of the most promising sources for mass biodiesel production to… More

SBIR Phase II: High Efficiency Low Cost Nitrogen Fertilizer Production from Fly Ash

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, MS
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop innovative high efficiency, low cost nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing technology from fly ash. Fly ash is a recycled material from coal power plants that may contain high concentrations of mercury and carbon.… More

Intensified Process for Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, Dr
Award Amount: $749,632.00
Abstract:
Although interest in biodiesel is rapidly increasing, the process by which biodiesel is synthesized has not changed much in the last two decades and is far from efficient. Currently, most biodiesel is made by a homogeneous-catalyst-based transesterification process, wherein soybean oil is reacted… More

Structured Catalyst for Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Currently, commercial biodiesel is made predominantly using a homogeneous alkaline catalyst. In this process, the biodiesel, as well as the glycerol byproduct, must be purified by removing the homogeneous catalyst, which is an energy and labor-intensive operation and produces a waste solution.… More

SBIR Phase II: Heterogeneous Catalytic System for Biodiesel Production from Alaska Fish Oil

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, MS
Award Amount: $499,989.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project concerns an innovative high throughput, high efficiency, and low cost heterogeneous catalytic fixed-bed technology for biodiesel production from Alaska fish oil. Around 200 remote Alaskan villages have energy costs of three to five… More

STTR Phase I: Waste Cooking Oil and Fly Ash Based Bioasphalt

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Washington State University
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Dan Nordquist
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project aims at developing a novel bioasphalt production technology using a recycled agricultural byproduct and recycled coal-fired power plant waste.… More

Structured Catalyst for Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Peng Zhang, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,931.00
Abstract:
Currently, most biodiesel is produced commercially by a homogeneous-catalyst-based transesterification process, wherein soybean oil is reacted with methanol in the presence of sodium methoxide. After transesterification, the homogeneous alkaline catalyst remains mixed with the biodiesel and the… More

Recovery Act - Bio-Based Thermochromic Intelligent Roof Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,990.00
Abstract:
To reduce a building's interior temperature and energy use, cool roofs have been used on commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. However, cool roofs have a winter time heating penalty because they reflect solar heat that would help warm the building, thereby increasing the heating loads.… More

A Novel Catalytic Reactor for Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $90,000.00
Abstract:
700 million gallons of biodiesel were produced by 144 biodiesel plants in the U.S. in 2008, representing only a tiny fraction of the roughly 40 billion gallons of petroleum diesel used for on-road transportation. Batch process biodiesel production plants are commonly used for biodiesel production.… More

High Value Renewable Chemical Production from CO2 and Biodiesel Plant Byproduct

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
This proposed Phase I project concerns the production of a biobased high value industrial chemical

One-step Biodiesel Production from Yellow Grease

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $400,000.00
Abstract:
To make biodiesel production profitable, the biodiesel producers are forced to turn to lower cost, waste-based yellow grease. However, the problem with yellow grease is that it contains high concentrations of free fatty acids that pose significant processing problems in the alkali-catalyzed… More

SBIR Phase II: Continuous Flow Fixed-bed Biodiesel Production from Algae Oil

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen
Award Amount: $413,505.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop, as a pilot, a highly efficient, high throughput, and compact continuous flow structured catalyst fixed-bed reactor unit for cost-effective algae biodiesel production. Successful establishment of the technical… More

Recovery Act - Bio-Based Thermochromic Intelligent Roof Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,988.00
Abstract:
Cool roofs have been used on commercial, industrial, and residential buildings to reduce their interior temperature and energy use. However, cool roofs have a winter time heating penalty because they reflect solar heat that would help warm the building, thereby increasing the heating load. To… More

High Value Renewable Chemical Production from CO2 and Biodiesel Plant Byproduct

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,968.00
Abstract:
5,790 million metric tons of CO2 were emitted from fossil fuels in the U.S. in 2008. A beneficial, practical application of captured CO2 would bring significant economic and environmental benefits to CO2 generating industries. Meanwhile, biodiesel production yields around 10 weight % of byproduct… More

High Performance Low Cost Bio-Polymer Building Material From CO2 and Recycled Wastes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr. – 607-796-0830
Award Amount: $149,819.00
Abstract:
This proposed technology concerns a high performance, low cost, and high value renewable bioasphalt polymer technology for roofing and other infrastructure construction applications. The bioasphalt is made from coal-fired power plant byproducts flue gas CO2 and fly ash and recycled agricultural… More

STTR Phase II: Waste Cooking Oil and Fly Ash Based Bioasphalt

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen
Award Amount: $447,667.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a high performance, environmentally benign, and low cost renewable bioasphalt from recycled agricultural byproduct. The availability issue of petroleum based asphalt, along with the high cost of petroleum and the… More

High Performance Low Cost Bio-Polymer Building Material From CO2 and Recycled Wastes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,009,669.00
Abstract:
About 1,700 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) were emitted from 572 coal-fired power plants in 2012 in the U.S. To reduce the CO2 emissions, CO2 capture and sequestration processes need to be implemented. In addition to CO2, these plants produce more than 72 million tons of fly ash per year,… More

One-step Biobased Green Gasoline Production from Biodiesel Plant Waste Glycerol

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Ben Wen, Chief Scientist/Vice President – 607-796-0830
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase I project aims at converting the biodiesel plant waste crude glycerol to a low cost and high value biobased green gasoline using a novel technology. In biodiesel production, crude glycerol comprises around 10 weight % of the products. Crude glycerolisa waste stream and afinancial and… More