Electroconcentration, Separation, and Rupture of Bioalgae for Fuel Production

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0944523
Agency Tracking Number: 0944523
Amount: $149,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Faraday Technology Inc
315 HULS, Clayton, OH, 45315
DUNS: 793274747
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Kell
 MS
 (937) 836-7749
 josephkell@faradaytechnology.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Kell
Title: MS
Phone: (937) 836-7749
Email: josephkell@faradaytechnology.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop an extraction technique using electro-concentration, electro-separation, and electro-rupture processes to enhance the harvesting of oil from bioalgae. The proposed method would provide an economical alternative to expeller or solvent extraction of lipids from bioalgae. Elimination of the current use of energy intensive methods and often use of hazardous solvents to extract the lipids for biofuel would result in a more favorable treatment of biofuels in the market place. The Phase I project also will develop a preliminary economic analysis of the process technology. The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project would be an alternative to existing technologies and if economically feasible would be energy efficient, and a nearly carbon-neutral source of biofuel. There is a potential for the technology to be further developed for bioplastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals.

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