Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a method for lysing algae and recovering the oil without pre-concentrating or dewatering. A promising feedstock for biofuels is photosynthetic algae, which can produce lipids in much higher yields per acre then… more
Abstract:One of the most promising biomass sources for fuels and other feedstocks is photosynthetic algae. Algae can produce lipids, proteins, and other compounds, and can be grown in salt water. Current production practices rely on expensive means of harvesting, concentrating, and… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project addresses the need for innovative approaches to harvesting oil from bio-algae, specifically to dewater the bio-algae and recycle the processed algae stream for reuse. The subject innovation will… more
Abstract:Algae are one of the most, if not the most, productive biomass crops known and have a photosynthetic efficiency almost twice that of the most productive terrestrial crop, sugarcane. However, algae are not without disadvantages relative to terrestrial crops, and do require their… more
Abstract:…, if their concentration is thought to be incorrect, they are discarded into the environment and replaced with a new solution. This leads to nutrient waste and widespread environmental contamination of aquatic, ground and drinking water that causes blooms of harmful algae… more
Abstract:… sciences research. The MVF incorporates a generic multi-specimen sample holder which can be accessed on-orbit, allowing data to be obtained in real-time. Candidate specimens accommodated by the MVF include various cells (e.g. for culturing), aquatics, plants, algae,… more
Abstract:…and Satellite Derived Rainfall Rate and Reflectivity; Drought Indices, Seasonal Forecasts, and Percent of Normal Precipitation; Great Lakes Sea Ice Analysis; Fire, Smoke, and Ash; Forecast Rainfall; Saharan Air Layer Satellite Analysis Schemes; Ocean Currents; Harmful Algae… more
Abstract:Long term ocean measurements are severely impacted by algae growth. In this proposed work algae will be inhibited by localized, intermitent microgeneration of chlorine from seawater at sub-PPM levels. This technology will minimize operational labor… more
Abstract:…ally-selected algal species. This technology differs from the current nutrient treatment technologies that rely on bacterial-mediated conversion of soluble nitrogen into nitrogen gas and a separate chemical and/or biological precipitation of phosphorus. Our algae-based process… more
Abstract:… of the media. The broader/commercial impacts of this research are to provide effective approaches to address phosphorus water contamination problems that are a major cause of degradation of water in streams and lakes. High phosphorous creates problems, such as toxic algae… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project has the goal of genetically enhancing algae for the commercialization of photosynthetic hydrogen production from water. Currently, hydrogen for industrial processes is produced by steam reformation of natural gas, a process… more
Abstract:"This proposal addresses challenges in algae biomass production for cost-competitive biofuel production. A critical hurdle in terms of large scale biomass production and a big economic barrier in the production of algae oil is the cost-efficiency involved in producing algae… more
Abstract:… (waste glycerol) co-products. Another critical issue is the fact that what makes an oil suitable for biodiesel production (high ratio of unsaturated fatty acids), makes it less suitable for conversion to JP-8. We have developed a stain of heterotrophic algae that can… more
Abstract:…ies of several species of microalgae for removal and separation from a growth medium utilizing electrostatic properties and process.
The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project will be to advance the state-of-the-art of separating and removing micro-algae from its… more
Abstract:… a single, internally driven system. Due to the safety and ease of operation, it will be possible to use this process anywhere to rapidly eliminate dangerous contaminants while creating clean energy. The process to be developed will use cyanobacteria's (blue-green algae)… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I project will develop efficient, scalable and low-cost photo-bioreactors with light guiding optical sheets and low-power spatial light modulators to increase culture density and light penetration, and decrease doubling time for the production of microalgae. This proposed research… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will provide an outdoor demonstration of a high intensity algae photo-bioreactor system called turbulent trickle-screen thin-film photo-bioreactor. The photo-bioreactor uses thin film culture to achieve a high… more
Abstract:… heat, flue gas, and livestock manure. Research will focus on algal growth under cool climate and low sun conditions to achieve reliable year-round production of large amounts for livestock feed in the upper Midwest. This project seeks to investigate growing algae in… more
Abstract:This Phase I SBIR project deals with production of biodiesel from microalgae. One of the major costs of biofuel production is harvesting the biofuel from large volumes of culture media. Harvesting, rupturing, drying and extracting oils from algae accounts for 40-60% of the cost… more
Abstract:The algal biofuels industry represents an exciting opportunity to take advantage of the ability of microalgae to convert carbon dioxide and sunlight to liquid fuels. Algae offer the ability to capture CO2 generated by coal fired power plants, ethanol plants, petroleum refineries… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is focused on completing the research necessary to begin commercializing the production of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from algae. Algisys, LLC has partnered with Virginia Tech to further develop patent-pending… more
Abstract:Algae-based biofuels are more expensive than both petroleum based fuels and biofuels derived from other forms of biomass. It is estimated that the processing of algae using current techniques can account for 50% or more of the cost of the biofuel. The cost competitiveness of… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase 1 project will research a method for the drying and moisture management of microalgae biomass after harvesting. The development of algae-based technologies is currently burdened by the inefficiency and high cost of processing the biomass. The proposed research… more
Abstract:Producing renewable fuels from algae does not use agricultural lands and could make the US energy-independent while drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, biomass processing steps are currently too energy-intensive and cost-prohibitive.We are exploring new… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase I project will develop software for comprehensive evaluation of algal production systems. Standard models from literature for fluid flow (mass, turbulence, momentum), energy, light distribution, photosynthesis, algae growth and concentration, gas transfer, and… more
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