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  1. Catalytic production of hydrocarbons from biomass

    SBC: VISOLIS, INC            Topic: 88

    Conversion of biomass into useful fungible chemicals and fuels is a long standing challenge. A key requirement of such processes is high efficiency of conversion for economic viability. Biomass derived sugars are highly oxygenated and need processing to remove to be converted into useful hydrocarbons.We propose an integrated bio-thermochemical platform for production of a hydrocarbon which can be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  2. Low Cost Innovative Greener/Safer Process for Converting Cellulose to Glucose

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 81

    The current dependence of the United States on foreign oil has sparked enormous interest in the use of biofuels, specifically cellulosic biofuels. Cellulosic biofuels are a carbon neutral, renewable resource, and their use could drastically curtail total carbon dioxide emissions while also reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Worldwide biomass energy resources are estimated at 2 x 1021 J per y ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  3. New Ammonium-free Water Formulation for Fire Retardants for the Management of Wildland Fires

    SBC: Nano Terra, Inc.            Topic: 81

    Wildland fires cost billions of dollars a year in the US, threatening homes, lives, and valuable natural resources. Large amounts of chemical additives, including those in water enhancers, foam fire suppressants, and long-term retardants are used in battling wildland fires to slow the spread of the fire and enable firefighters to work safely on the ground. Millions of gallons of water and hundreds ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

    SBC: Whole Trees, LLC            Topic: 81

    This project is the last piece of the round timber production puzzle for WholeTrees Structures' SBIR-funded research initiatives: improved selection and grading procedures for round pole timber, building on ASTM visual grading rules for poles and piles, but for structural spanning applications. This research project is based on a solid body of prior work (Wood et al. 1965; Goodman et al. 1981; ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  5. Cultivation of Filamentous Green Algae for High Value Industrial Products

    SBC: ALGAXPERTS LLC            Topic: 87

    SummaryAlgae are heterogeneous groups of mostly photosynthetic organisms that are found in virtually every aquatic environment on earth. They exert influence on flux of carbon dioxide, generate large fraction of oxygen present in the earth's atmosphere and produce enormous quantity of organic carbon. Humans have long recognized the value of algae as a source of food and non-food products, and ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

    SBC: Cryoocyte, Inc.            Topic: 87

    Culturing fish today is organized around two key steps: multiplication of fish in the hatcheries and the increase of fish biomass in grow-out production. This transition is more-or-less linear: immediately after spawning eggs get fertilized, develop and hatch, they are grown to the fry/fingerling/smolt stage, and get transferred to grow-out production. This cycle starts with the spawning event, wh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  7. Nutrient Removal System

    SBC: REACTIVE INNOVATIONS, LLC            Topic: 84

    In this Phase I SBIR program, Reactive Innovations, LLC (RIL) will demonstrate an advanced system to recover valuable nutrients from animal manure. Since World War II, the availability of relatively cheap mineral fertilizers has been a major factor spurring specialization of production agriculture, in which crop (cereal) production has been increasingly separated from livestock production. One imp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  8. Compact Hyperspectral Imager for Crop Water Stress Detection on UAV

    SBC: Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC            Topic: 84

    As drought persists in certain areas of the western U.S., precision farming techniques are being developed to control irrigation as well as pesticide and fertilizer application in order to ensure crop health and conserve resources by preventing over-application. Water stress as well as disease and nutrient stresses of crops can be estimated by measuring optical spectral reflectance off canopies. R ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  9. Solar-Efficient Greenhouse with Electricity and Heat Generation

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 813

    Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been used intensively worldwide to produce high quality products. One important issue associated with CEA is that temperature control of the greenhouse is often difficult to achieve, requiring large amount of fuel and/or electric power. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The Uni ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  10. Effective Antimicrobial Treatment to Prevent Carcass Contamination

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 85

    Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods and lead to foodborne illnesses. Every year, as many as one in six Americans experiences a foodborne illness, meaning they get sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Pathogen decontamination of meat carcasses to control meat contamination at the start of the meat processing is one of the methods to eliminate d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

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