Development of a Device for Harvesting Biomass from a Water-Based Growth Medium

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945239
Agency Tracking Number: 0945239
Amount: $149,851.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: BC
Solitcitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
18902 E Via De Arboles, Queen Creek, AZ, 85142
Duns: 006081091
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Collier
 (480) 821-9424
Business Contact
 Jeff Collier
Title: PhD
Phone: (480) 821-9424
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a microalgae harvesting system for separating biomass from a water-based growth medium. Specifically, it will evaluate and model properties of several species of microalgae for removal and separation from a growth medium utilizing electrostatic properties and process. The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project will be to advance the state-of-the-art of separating and removing micro-algae from its growth medium and improving the efficiency of harvesting high energy content microalgae for biofuel. Further, it could provide an important step toward reducing the U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.

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