Efficient Extraction of Oil from Microalgae

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R10CN0217
Agency Tracking Number: 10-116
Amount: $94,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 1
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Small Business Information
TIAX, Inc.
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jayanti Sinha
 Associate Principal
 (617) 498-6125
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Email: wong.renee@tiaxllc.com
Research Institution

Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels because of their high oil content, excellent CO2 capture, and ability to use brackish water and non-arable land. The extraction of oil from algae represents a challenging cost barrier to commercial biofuel production. Conventional technologies for algal oil extraction are energy-inefficient, cost-intensive, or non scalable, leading to barriers for their commercial deployment. TIAX, LLC proposes to demonstrate an innovative extractor that can address the cost barrier for biofuels by efficiently and economically releasing oil from algae. The Phase I effort will establish the feasibility and initial design of a hydrodynamic algal oil extractor, and provide a foundation to reduce the risks for Phase II development. In Phase II, we will refine the extractor design, fabricate a prototype, and demonstrate the technical and economic benefits of the algal oil extractor. After successful technology development, we will engage manufacturing and commercialization partners for pilot-scale demonstration

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