Search

Development of a novel biocatalytic fatty acid decarboxylation technology for production of liquid biofuels

Company: ALLUVIUM BIOSCIENCES, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … role in establishing technological advances for the economical and sustainable production of next generation fuels that can satisfy worldwide energy demands while reducing environmental impact. Indeed, over the past decade biomass based fuels, such as bioethanol and… more

A Regenerable Sorbent for Deep Desulfurization of Alpha Pinene

Company: TDA Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … polymers); for example Pepsi announced it will be using bio-plastic bottles in all their products by 2018. Coca Cola is expected to follow suit, which will generate commercial interest for inexpensive bio-materials that can provide an alternative to bio-ethanol (expensive… more

Enhancing the Toxicity Tolerance of Microorganisms for Use in Butanol Production and Other Applications

Company: MICROVI BIOTECH, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … The potential commercial applications of the project are magnified by the technologys synergistic design to work with any microorganism, including genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and in nearly all existing process designs, including retrofitting existing bioethanol… more

Enhancing Biosynthesis of Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: There continues to be a need for production of biofuels from agricultural sources. Butanol is a more attractive fuel than ethanol because it leads to better gas mileage, it achieves higher blends with gasoline than bioethanol, it has greater compatibility with existing fuel… more

Enhanced Drying of Pipeline Ethanol

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: EPA / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: There continues to be a need for low cost production and shipment of fuel-grade ethanol from agricultural sources. Ethanol from agricultural sources has many advantages including developing fuel independence and significantly reducing greenhouse gases. Also, bio-ethanol has… more

Venting of Underground Storage Tanks Containing Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: Vapors produced during the process of refueling cars are a significant source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions. Uncontrolled emissions cause economic losses and pollute the environment. This problem is exacerbated when the gasoline contains bioethanol because its… more

SBIR Phase I: Production of Butanol in the Clostridium Fermentation is Enhanced by Adding Quorum-Sensing Molecules

Company: Butrolix, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: …, and obtaining biobutanol yield and productivity data for batch and continuous cultures. The broader/commercial impacts of this research are that as a second generation biofuel, biobutanol produced by Clostridium can use a broader range of substrates than bioethanol… more

SBIR Phase I: Bioethanol from Seaweed

Company: BAL Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2010 / 1
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project advances a novel technology that produces biofuels and renewable chemicals from seaweed through microbial fermentation. A microbial platform will produce ethanol from seaweed at a cost significantly lower than the cost of ethanol from… more

Cost-Effective Biomass Conversion via an Online Carbohydrate Monitoring Device

Company: ADVANCED MICROLABS, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2010 / 1
Abstract: … solutions using the technology. In this project, the Henry Lab will develop the conditions necessary to resolve glucose and xylose within real pilot plant samples provided by NREL. We conservatively estimate online monitoring would save the current cellulosic bioethanol… more

A Novel Sulfite Pretreatment Process (SPORL) for Efficient Biochemical Conversion of Woody Biomass to Bioethanol

Company: BIOPULPING INTERNATIONAL, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2010 / 2
Abstract: The SPORL process consists of reacting wood chips with a solution of calcium, magnesium, or sulfite at elevated temperatures for a short time, and then size reducing the resulting material using a disk refiner to generate fibrous substrate for subsequent saccharification and fermentation. The work… more

Novel Ethanol Dehydration Membranes

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2010 / 2
Abstract: …e plants. Membrane processes are ideal at removing the minor component. A membrane that preferentially removes water would be ideal for final drying of highly concentrated streams such as 60-90% ethanol. The membrane and system ability to economically dry bioethanol in both… more

Bio-Electrochemical Systems for Ethanol Wastewater Treatment

Company: IntAct Labs, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: EPA / SBIR / 2010 / 1
Abstract: …a proof of concept to demonstrate ability to treat the soluble stillage fraction in a simple MFC, evaluation of the use of pure cultures in MFCs for ethanol waste treatment, and creation of a preliminary design of an MFC process to be incorporated into a bioethanol facility,… more

A Novel Sulfite Pretreatment Process (SPORL) for Efficient Biochemical Conversion Woody Biomass to Bioethanol

Company: BIOPULPING INTERNATIONAL, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: Woody biomass is a very important feedstock for the future bioeconomy for the rural US for its availability in large quantities, ease in storage, and low cost for transportation. However, woody biomass, especially softwood, is the most difficult to convert biochemically to fermentable sugars due to… more

Development of co-immobilized enzyme pellets to replace GMOs for cellulosic ethanol

Company: Suganit Systems Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: Economic bioethanol production is critically dependent upon the ability to convert both the hexose (C6) and pentose (C5) sugars resulting from cellulose and hemicellulose components of biomass. C5 sugars are not readily fermentable by native organisms. Genetically Modified… more

Venting of Underground Storage Tanks Containing Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: … increase of VOCs is attributed to ingestion of fresh air into the UST mixing with the gasoline causing an approximate 40% vapor growth. This growth increases UST pressure and vents VOCs into atmosphere. With recent federal initiatives for renewable energy, bio-ethanol may… more

Recombinant Expression and Characterization of Novel Cellulases for Switchgrass Ethanol Production

Company: Proteogenesis, Llc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: … oil supplies, increased global energy demands from emerging economies such as China and India, and unhealthy rises in greenhouse gases associated with fossil fuels. To address this situation, the DOE has identified switch grass as an ideal crop for conversion into bioethanol,… more

Isolation of Novel Hyper-Thermophiles for Increased Energy Efficiency in Ethanol Production

Company: Athena Biotechnologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: Bio-ethanol penetration into the marketplace is limited by its cost, making it non-competitive with petroleum-based fuels. Energy consumed during fermentation and distillation steps accounts for 17% of the total cost. Because fermentation is exothermic, the reactor must be… more

Feasibility of Commercialization of a Pre-Pretreatment Process for Enhanced Biomass Saccharification

Company: Suganit Systems Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: … demonstration (i.e., 10 % of full scale). Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The ionic liquid pretreatment strategy should greatly accelerate the hydrolysis reaction, significantly reducing the cost of lignocellulose conversion to bioethanol… more

Alternative Feedstocks, Pretreatment/Biochemical

Company: Chesapeake Perl, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: Cellulose is a highly sustainable global resource with considerable relevance to bio-ethanol production. Lignocellulose is a naturally occurring complex of plant-derived materials that includes the hydrophilic sugar polymers cellulose and hemicellulose, and the hydrophobic… more

Low Cost Fuel Grade Ethanol

Company: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: …placement for MTBE as oxygenate. CMS has identified novel membrane systems and novel processes for reducing the cost for drying fuel grade ethanol (FGE). Limited data has demonstrated the enhanced performance of CMS membranes compared to other membranes for drying bio-ethanol… more

STTR Phase I: Development of Multi-Functional Membrane-Based Reactor for High Alcohol Synthesis

Company: Media and Process Technology Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / STTR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: … to be a commercially viable. The broader impact/commercial potential of coal-derived ethanol is an affordable, efficient hydrogen carrier that can be distributed and stored using the nation?s existing fuel infrastructure. In addition, as is also the case with bio-ethanol… more

Portable Biomass Fuel Reactor

Company: Reactive Innovations, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: … hydrolysis reactor that can efficiently breakdown and convert cellulose and hemicellulose into fermentable sugars using a wide variety of biomass feedstocks. During the Phase I program, we will show the merits of our hydrolysis reactor and its applicability to smaller … more

Biobutanol Production with Hybrid Membrane-Distillation

Company: Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2008 / 2
Abstract: Although biobutanol has a number of clear-cut advantages over bioethanol as a renewable alternative fuel, biobutanol is not currently produced as a biofuel for economic reasons. The current method of biobutanol production, by acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation and… more

A Novel, Low-Energy Stripper-Membrane Hybrid Process for Bioethanol Production, Phase II

Company: Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2008 / 2
Abstract: … ethanol produced. It is expected that even more energy will be used to separate ethanol from cellulosic fermentation broths because they contains less ethanol. Therefore, development of a lower-energy ethanol separation process is of considerable interest to the bioethanol… more

SBIR Phase II: "Bio-Ethanol Fueled SOFC System"

Company: NexTech Materials, Ltd. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2008 / 2
Abstract: The proposed research will satisfy three of the USDA's strategic goals as discussed below: (1)The project will enhance economic opportunities for agricultural producers by facilitating the providing impetus for the establishment of a bio-ethanol infrastructure, leading to a new… more