Biofuels Production From Nonedible Bio-oils

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$69,996.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0275
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-034-0303
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T034
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator
 Shi-Hau Own
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 769-8400
 submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (540) 769-8430
Email: submissions@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
 University of Minnesota
 Roger Ruan
 Engineering Building
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55108 6005
 (612) 625-1710
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Various efforts to develop biofuels from renewable biomass have been explored. Biofuels made through transesterification processes have the following drawbacks: (1) high freezing point (2) poor cold flow properties (3) poor thermal oxidation stability. Fischer Tropsch chemistry for biomass conversion involves too many unit operations and is cost intensive. Furthermore, conversion of oils from food crops into transportation oils will deplete the food supply. A new approach to biofuel production from non-edible oils is needed. Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes a novel biofuel production process by combining catalytic depolymerization and catalytic hydroprocessing into only a few simple unit operations. The process is not dependent on the feedstock. Glycerides from non-edible oil, waste kitchen oil and grease, cellulose and lignins from biomass, algae cake, plastics waste, animal processing waste and sewage can be used as the biofuel conversion feedstock. The process will be more cost effective and energy efficient.

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