SBIR Phase I: Microalgae-based Biofuel Utilizing Zooplankton Lipid Assimilation

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0944387
Agency Tracking Number:
0944387
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT.
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Touchstone Res Lab
RR 1 BOX 100B, TRIADELPHIA, WV, 26059
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
Drew Spradling
BEng
(304) 547-5800
dms@trl.com
Business Contact:
Drew Spradling
BEng
(304) 547-5800
dms@trl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will substantiate the merits of using specific organisms to convert microalgae into biofuel. Specifically, it will utilize a naturally occurring and highly efficient organism, zooplankton, for the conversion. The project plans to measure the microalgae conversion efficiency of the organisms and test a bench scale model of an oil recovery system. The goal is to convert oil contained within the algae biomass with extractable zooplankton with more than 75% output. The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project will be to substantially improve the biofuel output capability and will provide a very important step toward energy independence from fossil fuels.

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