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

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0944387
Agency Tracking Number: 0944387
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drew Spradling
 (304) 547-5800
Business Contact
 Drew Spradling
Title: BEng
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Research Institution
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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