CO2 to Chemicals: A Hybrid Process for Bioproduct Synthesis From CO2

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018540
Agency Tracking Number: 243844
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001975
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3998 FAU Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL, 33431-6429
DUNS: 270350645
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rich Masel
 (217) 239-1400
 rich.masel@dioxidematerials.com
Business Contact
 Rich Masel
Phone: (217) 239-1400
Email: rich.masel@dioxidematerials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The chemical industry is seeking new domestic feedstocks that are independent of imported oil. Waste CO2 is an abundant and low-cost domestic source of carbon for making chemicals but there is a need for new technologies to cost-effectively capture and convert CO2 into useful materials. The objective of this project will be to develop an economically viable process that converts waste CO2 from sources such as industrial fermentation or cement production into valuable bio-products using excess renewable electricity as an input. This project will integrate technology for efficient electrochemical conversion of CO2 into CO with gas fermentation technology to convert CO into fuels and chemicals. A lab-scale system with a CO2 electrolyzer integrated with a gas fermentation bioreactor was successfully demonstrated. The Phase II work will scale the electrolyzer to operate at the 100 L bioreactor scale, and then demonstrate the performance at an Industrial corn ethanol facility. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Upon success, this project will provide a scalable pathway to new production of key chemical intermediates from waste CO2, creating new jobs and revenues for U.S. manufacturing by monetizing a high volume, low value waste and offering new domestic sources of supply for the U.S. chemicals industry. Isopropanol is an initial target molecule that serves a $2.75B market, primarily for use as a solvent. The chemicals will be co- produced with ethanol, a feedstock for making sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) using an Alcohol-to-Jet process. Co-production of chemicals will enable the cost of SAJF to be competitive with conventional jet fuel.

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