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Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0174
Agency Tracking Number: N10B-047-0045
Amount: $749,744.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N10B-T047
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-05-13
Small Business Information
350 W 800 N Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mukund Karanjikar
 Program Manager
 (281) 217-3471
Business Contact
 Raymond Miller
Title: CFO
Phone: (801) 978-2176
Research Institution
 Kansas State University
 Paul Lowe
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103
United States

 (785) 532-6804
 Nonprofit College or University

The United States is currently faced with unprecedented energy challenge. Petroleum prices have skyrocketed due to rising competition for energy resources from emerging economies. There is a significant need for processes that can produce hydrocarbons from renewable resources rather than petroleum. The use of renewable resources ensures a long-term supply of hydrocarbons, even after easily extractable petroleum reserves are depleted. It also aids national security because domestic resources are used rather than petroleum. Biomass offers the potential for large-scale production of hydrocarbons while reducing greenhouse gases impact. Technology Holding LLC in collaboration with Kansas State University proposes a novel process for biomass conversion to butylenes. Such olefins can be further converted to jet fuel by catalytic oligomerization. The proposed process combines two synergistic innovations of biochemical processing and further catalytic conversion. A robust culture is used to ferment biomass into 2,3-Butanediol followed by efficient catalytic conversion to butylenes. These butylenes will be further converted to oligomerized hydrocarbons to test the suitability of these hydrocarbons as jet fuel (JP5).

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