Renewable Fuel Production System (RFPS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number:
N10B-047-0001
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10B-T047
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Clair
Principal Aerospace Engin
(608) 229-2727
stclairc@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
CEO
(608) 229-2730
knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
James Dumesic
3014 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI, 53706-
(608) 262-1095
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) propose to develop the Renewable Fuel Production System (RFPS), a system which will produce liquid alkene-based transportation fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Specifically, we propose to investigate the production of levulinic acid (LA) and/or gamma-valerolactone (GVL) from lignocellulose; both of these platform chemicals are intermediates which serve as inputs to the catalytic production of butene. Our overall strategy relies on an efficient, high-yield process developed at UW-Madison to produce liquid alkene fuels from GVL, a derivative easily obtained from pure LA. Taken as a whole, this process is a promising roadmap for producing liquid transportation fuels from cellulosic biomass. However, it is currently limited in application by the availability of high-grade, low-cost LA and GVL. In the proposed work, we will focus on the production and purification of LA and/or GVL, with the intent of using these as inputs to the already-developed GVL-to-oligomers process. Our proposed research seeks improved options for the preparation and purification of LA and/or GVL that are effective, environmentally acceptable, and energetically efficient. This focus was selected because improved efficiency in this technology will have the greatest impact on the feasibility of cellulosic fuel production.

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