Novel Biomass Conversion Process for Production of Butylenes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,845.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0174
Agency Tracking Number:
N10B-047-0045
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10B-T047
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
Technology Holding, LLC
350 W 800 N, Suite 250, Salt Lake City, UT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
829431076
Principal Investigator:
Mukund Karanjikar
Program Manager
(281) 217-3471
mukund@tekholding.com
Business Contact:
Raymond Miller
CFO
(801) 978-2176
rkm@tekholding.com
Research Institution:
Kansas State University
Paul Lowe
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS, 66506-1103
(785) 532-6804
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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