Energy-Dense Hydrocarbons from Eukaryotic Microorganisms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,849.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0042
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-077-0682
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-077
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
PO Box 2036, Chapel Hill, NC, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830735531
Principal Investigator:
ThomasHohn
President&Chief Science Officer
(919) 357-7146
thomas.hohn@dorsanbiofuels.com
Business Contact:
KatherineHammer
CEO
(512) 415-6394
kay.hammer@dorsanbiofuels.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Sustainable biofuel solutions that produce drop-in diesel and jet fuels compatible with existing petroleum-based infrastructure are critical to reducing the environmental impact of petroleum fuels and protecting US energy independence. Fungal systems can address this problem through the production of long-chain, high-energy density hydrocarbon fuels from sustainable biomass feedstocks. The objective of the proposed research is to demonstrate the efficacy of engineering a filamentous fungus that naturally produces high levels of hydrocarbon-based products to produce C15 hydrocarbon fuels. Filamentous fungi are the only eukaryotic microorganisms that can produce the enzymes required for converting lignocelluose to sugars thereby enabling process consolidation for the saccharification and fuel production steps. The resulting C15 hydrocarbon fuels can be easily separated and require minimal post-process refining. Streamlining the saccharification/fuel production processes and minimizing post-process refinement will permit development of scalable, economical processes that can meet a wide range of feedstock availability. The use of a native production system should lead to greater biocatalyst and process robustness, increasing both opportunities for process applications and cost reduction. The resulting diesel and jet fuels will have nearly identical storage, transport, and performance properties as the petroleum hydrocarbon fuels they will replace.

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