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Reducing Cost of Cellulosic Jet Fuel Made from Woody Biomass

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2020-00694
Agency Tracking Number: 2020-00694
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006790
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-31
Small Business Information
519 Keolu Drive Apt A
Kailua, HI 96734-3941
United States
DUNS: 829887491
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Marie-Joelle Simonpietri
 (808) 341-7984
Business Contact
 Marie-Joelle Simonpietri
Phone: (808) 341-7984
Research Institution

Commercial airlines have demonstrated the technical feasibility of renewable jet fuel in thousandsof flights over the past ten years but to date no fuel derived from woody biomass has achievedcommercial viability due to very high costs.To address this we are applying three innovations:1. Reduced capital cost and technology risk by avoiding Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquidsreformation and integrating with common Distillate HydroTreating (DHT) technology.2. Operating and capital cost reductions with a "bolt-on" system to fit within existingrefineries.3. Negative-cost "dirty" urban wood feedstock containing treated lumber paint and glue fromconstruction and demolition debris (C&D).We have developed a proprietary process to handle thecontaminants present in wood treated with copper chromated arsenic (CCA).This urban woodwaste is the base to cover the capital cost of commercial plant which would then also be able toalso process both clean and pest-damaged forest biomass and dispose of invasive species.These innovations were developed in and tailored for the State of Hawaii but will also applyin several other U.S. cities where C&D landfills or forest industries are located near petroleumrefining complexes.In the islands of Hawaii our forests are challenged by invasive species and pests such as therapid `ohia death and coconut beetle and watersheds are challenged by ever-increasing wild fires.Other commercial challenges and opportunities include small land mass complicated islandlogistics and very high jet aviation fuel demand.This proposal addresses Topic Area 8.1 Forests and Related Resources "value-added biofuels fromwoody biomass" specifically subsection 7 "Research for development of improved methods forthe conversion of forest biomass into cellulosic biofuels (e.g. ethanol biobutanol jet aviation)…"

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