Exploiting the Mating Phenotype of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to Enhance Harvesting in Large-Scale Oil Production from Algae

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1010531
Agency Tracking Number:
1010531
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kent SeaTech Corporation
11125 FLINTKOTE AVE STE J, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021597265
Principal Investigator
 James Levin
 DPhil
 (858) 452-5765
 jlevin@kentseatech.com
Business Contact
 James Levin
Title: DPhil
Phone: (858) 452-5765
Email: jlevin@kentseatech.com
Research Institution
 San Diego State University Foundation
 James Levin
 5250 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA, 92182
 (858) 452-5765
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This STTR Phase I project proposes to develop and establish a novel clumping (flocculation) strain of algal using an engineered extracellar protein that can be induced. The overarching goal is to provide the industry with a novel, energy efficient, and cost effective tool to dewater microalgae. What are the broader/commercial impacts of the proposed project? The broader/commercial impact of the proposed project will be an algal strain that, under controlled conditions, will self associate and eliminate the need for costly harvesting technologies. In addition, the results of this project will contribute to genetic engineering technology application to algal biomass, reduce costs of algae harvesting, and provide the society with a cost-effective green energy source.

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