Recombinant Expression and Characterization of Novel Cellulases for Switchgrass Ethanol Production

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,658.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85337
Award Id:
94602
Agency Tracking Number:
90356
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2109 W. Market Street, Johnson City, TN, 37604
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
618854173
Principal Investigator:
Doug Corrigan
Dr.
(423) 926-4449
dougcorrigan@proteogenesis.net
Business Contact:
Doug Corrigan
Dr.
(423) 926-4449
dougcorrigan@proteogenesis.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
It is becoming increasingly apparent that we, as a nation, need to quickly develop an alternative and sustainable energy supply. This is due to a host of factors, including uncontrollable fluctuation in oil prices, large oil supplies being controlled by foreign regimes, global shrinking oil supplies, increased global energy demands from emerging economies such as China and India, and unhealthy rises in greenhouse gases associated with fossil fuels. To address this situation, the DOE has identified switch grass as an ideal crop for conversion into bioethanol, and many efforts are now underway to develop a conversion process that is economically practical. The process bottleneck is the breakdown of switch grass cellulose into simple sugars by a group of enzymes known as cellulases. This project will develop a novel enzyme, or set of enzymes, that are capable of breaking down switch grass cellulose into the sugars that are required for ethanol production. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The realization of this technology would result in a renewable source of clean energy, reduction of our dependence on foreign oil, and the creation of a new agricultural and biotechnology market in the United States

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