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BIOMASS BIOCONVERSION TO CALCIUM ACETATE DEICING SALT

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10726
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1989
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
195 Common St
Belmont, MA 02178
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Debra J Trantolo
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 484-3184
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Abstract

THIS PROJECT IS TO COMMERCIALIZE A COMPETITIVE SYSTEM USING WOODY BIOMASS AS FEED-STOCK FOR CONVERSION TO CALCIUM ACETATE, AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD SALT. THIS NEW ORGANIC ROAD SALT WILL PREVENT CORROSION OF BRIDGE DECKS, UNDERGROUND CABLES, AND RUSTING OF CARS AND TRUCKS. CALCIUM ACETATE FROM WOODY BIOMASS WILL REDUCE COSTS, COMPARED TO PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS FOR MAKING THIS MATERIAL. THE PROCESS IS BASED ON A "PACKED BED" FERMENTER TO PRODUCE ACETIC ACID FROM WOODY BIOMASS, AS WELL AS LIQUID ION EXCHANGE TO RECOVER ACETIC ACID FROM THE FERMENTER BROTH PRIOR TO THE FINAL PRODUCTION STEP WHICH OCCURS WITH PASSING THE ACETIC ACID OVER LIMESTONE. IN PHASE I, PERCENT BIOCONVERSION AND KINETICS OF WOODY BIOMASS TO ACETIC ACID WILL BE CONFIRMED IN SMALL BATCH FERMENTERS; PARTITION COEFFICIENTS FOR ACETICACID RECOVERY WILL BE DOCUMENTED; AND RATES OF CONVERSION TOCALCIUM ACETATE WILL BE DETERMINED.

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