SBIR Phase I: Novel Lighting Source for Bioreactors using Plasma-Shell Technology

Company: Imaging Systems Technology Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … lighting systems offer opportunity not available with currently available lighting technology including LEDs and high intensity discharge lamps. Specifically, Plasma-Shells offer the ability to produce a large area diffuse light that does not saturate the algae mass.… more

Micro-Hole Membrane for Solid-Liquid Separation of Micron-Scale Particulate

Company: Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: …bed as transformative because of its ability to dewater suspended solids using less than a tenth of the energy of incumbent methods like centrifugation. Using the microhole membrane to help scale this technology can slash energy use and processing costs in the areas of algae and… more

Conversion of Algal Biomass to Drop-In Fuels

Company: TDA Research, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …, petroleum- derived fuels. For example, renewable diesel has a higher heat of combustion and a lower molecular weight than biodiesel (which is a methyl ester of fatty acids) and better cold flow properties. Of all available biomass, lipids (from oil seeds plants or algae) are… more

SBIR Phase II: Nutrient Analyzer with Integrated Optics and Glass-Diaphragm Pump for Field Studies

Company: Translume Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … the development of a microfluidic colorimetric analyzer to yield quantitative field measurements out of essential inorganic nutrients (initially nitrite and nitrate, thereafter ammonium and orthophosphate). This analyzer will primarily be used in industrial farms where algae… more

SBIR Phase I: High Throughput Cell Sorting with Coherent Raman Scattering (CRS )

Company: Invenio Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … pump laser. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project derives from the variety of potential applications of this novel phenotyping technology in basic and applied R & D. One example is in the field of products from biological organisms (e.g., algae or… more

SBIR Phase II: Scratch and Abrasion Resistant Superhydrophobic Polymer Coatings

Company: ARL Designs Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: … of the surfaces when exposed to UV light, allowing us to improve weatherability. Having demonstrated the self-cleaning properties of our polymer surfaces in Phase I, we will focus on anti-fouling properties in Phase II (i.e. low bacterial adhesion and reduced algae… more

STTR Phase I: A novel combinatorial technology for engineering product tolerance traits in yeast

Company: Primordial Genetics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / STTR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … project, if successful, will be the enablement of improvements in microbes used for production of chemicals, fuels, pharmaceuticals, foods, and food ingredients. There is increasingly widespread use of microbial organisms (bacteria, fungi, yeasts, cyanobacteria, and algae) to… more

SBIR Phase I: Inserting Microalgae and Oysters into RAS for Waste Management Purposes

Company: RAS Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … deposit-feeding polychaetes (Nereis virens) to demonstrate that the worms will consume virtually all of the particulate fecal waste and unconsumed feed, thereby eliminating intermediate filtration equipment while generating a valuable by-product. Phase I proposes to add an … more

SBIR Phase I: Live-cell metabolite sensors for improving biofuel production

Company: Lucerna, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … ethanol production reaching 23.4 billion gallons a year in 2011. However, concerns with raising crop price and sustainability have propelled the explorations of ethanol production from cellulosic feedstock as well as algaculture. Although cellulosic and algae-based… more

Molecularly Engineered Biomaterials for Minimally Invasive Dental Treatment

Company: SITEONE THERAPEUTICS, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: …-clinical development. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Chronic tension type headache and anal fissure are debilitating medical conditions for which existing treatment options are inadequate. A family of naturally occurring molecules derived from algae… more

Enhancing Biosynthesis of Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: …e, it is less volatile, it is more amenable to transport via pipeline due to low water absorption, there is no need for an engine retrofit, and it allows to use numerous existing agricultural feedstocks, as well as next generation feedstock including cellulosic biomass and algae… more

SBIR Phase II: Magnetic technologies for improved microalgal biofuels production

Company: Phycal LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project develops novel technologies for separation and concentration of intrinsically magnetically susceptible algae for production of biofuels and biochemicals. Phase II builds on the feasibility demonstrated in Phase I using a… more

Micro-Hole Membrane for Solid-Liquid Separation of Micron-Scale Particulate

Company: Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: …, along with design and specification of a laser workstation to economically produce arbitrary lengths of microhole membrane. The micro-hole membrane will enable higher rate, lower cost processing of a variety of bio-based products. Initial application will be to algae… more

Novel low cost extraction of algal oils used in fish feeds

Company: PHYCO BIOLOGICS, INC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: … as essential fatty acids (EFA) that are major constituents of marine fish oils. Alternative sources are needed to replace the fish oil used in aquafeeds if aquaculture is to remain competitive and sustainable. An alternative source of fish oils in aquafeed may be algae. … more

Multi-Specimen Variable-G Facility for Life and Microgravity Sciences Research

Company: TECHSHOT, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: … temperature, humidity, ethylene, CO2 and other gases, and provides video observation capability with its removable modular subsystem allowing on-orbit cleaning and/or replacement. The potential uses of the MVF are numerous, such as cell culture, aquatics, plants, algae, and… more

Massively Parallel Single Cell Transcriptomics

Company: GIGAGEN, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: …. In Phase I, we propose two barcoding methods to trace transcripts back to single cell sources. The Phase I effort will form a basis for Phase II studies that will scale the technology to the full transcriptome and for analysis of different cell types, such as yeast and algae… more

Elimination of Biological Matter in Power Plant Cooling Water using Low Temperature Plasma

Company: Symbios Technologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Cooling water systems in thermal power plants are notoriously difficult to maintain because they provide the ideal, warm environments for the growth of algae and bacteria. This biofouling can lead to corrosion and cracking of cooling pipes in heat exchangers. Conventionally,… more

A Novel Oil Secretion Mechanism for Cost-Effective Algal Biofuel Production

Company: Green Pacific Biologicals, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: There is an urgent need for domestic sources of low-cost, large-scale renewable biofuels. Micro-algae are one of most promising sources of renewable energy, with high potential per-acre oil productivity, minimal competition with arable land and limited freshwater supplies, and… more

SBIR Phase I: Development of microalgae for commercial hydrogen biofuels

Company: BHO Technology, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will employ an innovative approach to metabolically engineer algae and enable low-cost, carbon-free hydrogen production at medium to large scale. One approach to achieving high hydrogen production involves the use of… more

SBIR Phase II: On-Farm Algae Production for Livestock Feed and Biofuel

Company: SARC Intl Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project plans to refine and test prototype facilities for commercialization of on-farm algae production and harvesting. Algae will be utilized initially for livestock feed and in future for bio-fuel. The… more

Enhanced Process for the Extraction and Purification of Oils from Microalgae Using CO2 as a Solute

Company: Synaptic Research, Llc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: One of the principal technical and cost barriers to successful commercialization of algal biofuels as an alternative energy source is the inability to extract the useful oil components from the algae in an economical and environmentally sound fashion. Indeed, the DOE… more

Modular In-Line Water Purifier for MOLLE Hydration Systems

Company: Cascade Designs Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: … filtration and adsorptive media. The size exclusion step will remove all three classes of microbes (Protozoa, Bacteria, and Virus) to levels satisfying purification status including passing the NSF P248 test protocol. This filtration stage will also remove turbidity, algae… more

Novel Dewatering Method for Cost Effective Harvesting of Microalgae Biomass

Company: CFD Research Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: A novel process is proposed which will allow continuous dewatering of algae growth culture in a device which is robust (no moving parts) and readily scalable through process parallelization. The process makes use of innovative passive (low energy input) flow control and does not… more

Energy Efficient Process for Solvent Extraction of Oil from Microalgae using Green Solvents

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2011 / 2
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… more

Solvent Recovery from Vegetable Oil Miscella by Novel Solvent-Resistant Nanofiltration Membranes

Company: Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: USDA / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: …. For example, solvent recovery by the superior membrane filtration technology will be of great value in processing other oil seeds such as corn, cotton seed and canola. Other applications of the proposed membrane filtration technology include solvent recovery from algae… more