Step-Out Process to Upgrade Clycerol to Bio-Diesel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84795
Award Id:
84105
Agency Tracking Number:
82270
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112437384
Principal Investigator:
MitrajitMukherjee
Mr
(973) 740-2350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Business Contact:
MitrajitMukherjee
Mr
(973) 740-2350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
According to the National Biodiesel Board, 86 commercial biodiesel plants currently operate in the US, with an equal number of new plants either under construction or undergoing expansion. Total US production capacity is expected to be almost 2 billion gallons per year once the current projects are complete, and growth is rapid. At this production rate, over 660,000 metric tons of glycerol will be produced as a by-product each year ¿ over 2.5 times the current US glycerol production capacity. This project will develop technology to convert this excess glycerol byproduct into glycerol tert-butyl ethers, an oxygenated additive for diesel fuel, using a nanoporous catalyst. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of using this new nano-porous catalyst for glycerol etherification in terms of achievable reaction rates and catalyst stability in bench-scale reactors. A preliminary economic evaluation will be performed to determine if the proposed process can be implemented in a cost-effective way. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: This technology would eliminate the primary waste stream from the production of biodiesel and convert it into a commodity that can be sold into a large national market. Bio-refiners would be provided with a simple and cost-effective way to add capacity without large capital investments.

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