Innovative Enzymatic Reactor for Production of Alternative Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-14000
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-04090
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1901 South Franklin Street, Butte, MT, 59701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fangxiao Yang
 Senior Chemical Engineer
 (406) 723-2222
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 723-2222
Research Institution
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Current technology of biodiesel production is facing two major hurdles. It can't process the grease containing high free fatty acid (FFA) and the production cost is still not competitive compared to the petroleum diesel. The proposed technology addresses these problems and intends to produce biodiesel at $0.20 per gallon for production costs and less that $1.00 total cost. We are developing a biodiesel production process which focuses on the use of a low-cost feedstock (animal fat and recycled cooking oil), which combined with a low-cost production technology, results in product that is competitive in price with petroleum diesel. Nine billion pounds of animal byproducts and recycled vegetable oil are collected in the U.S., which can be potentially converted to 1.2 billion gallons of B100, which can replace 1.1 billion gallons, or 26 million barrels, of petroleum diesel fuel. If half of these feedstocks are converted to biodiesel, that provides a U.S. market for sixty 10-million gallon per year plants.

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