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Biologically Inspired Ammonia Production with Immobilized Nitrogenase

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0017845
Agency Tracking Number: 230232
Amount: $149,722.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 08c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001619
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-11
Small Business Information
1567 W. Marty Cir
West Jordan, UT 84084-2411
United States
DUNS: 078584999
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Watkins
 (801) 792-0652
Business Contact
 John Watkins
Phone: (801) 792-0652
Research Institution
 The University of Utah
 Shelley D Minteer
315 Sout 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 82112-9049
United States

 (801) 587-8325
 Nonprofit College or University

Logistical shortages of ammonia, coupled with the high cost of new manufacturing plants, >$2BB, leads to lower agricultural output and lost revenue. The current Haber-Bosch process is also energy intensive and consumes ~1% of the total world energy output. Fulcrum Biosciences, FBS, with the University of Utah as subcontractor will develop a bio-electrochemical process that converts air into ammonia using an advanced nitrogenase enzyme. This process uses much less energy and cheaper plants. This project will focus on developing the process for commercial use by improving reaction rates and the enzyme activity and lifetime. This technology will generate ammonia from air at room temperature and pressure using alternative energy. Ammonia is used in fertilizer and as a commodity chemical. The mild conditions of this process enable low-cost, small-scale distributed production. This technology will also allow increased agricultural growth by alleviating logistical shortfalls in fertilizer and lower energy consumption.

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