Enhanced Butanol Yields for Advcanced Biofuels Production Using an Electrochemical Bioreactor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014-00437
Agency Tracking Number: 2014-00437
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.8
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1379 WISTERIA DR, Malvern, PA, 19355-9738
DUNS: 800353117
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Armiger
 President
 (484) 686-2059
 warmiger@biocheminsights.com
Business Contact
 William Armiger
Title: President
Phone: (484) 686-2059
Email: warmiger@biocheminsights.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Biofuels from agricultural sources is one component of the strategy for achieving energy independence. Specifically, bio-butanol is a more attractive fuel than bio-ethanol because it:provides better gas mileage;achieves higher blends with gasoline than bioethanol;runs in existing engines;has greater compatibility with existing fuel infrastructure;is less volatile than ethanol;is more amenable to transport via pipeline due to low water absorption.This project targets an innovative process for producing bio-butanol that significantly increase the theoretical yield of bio-butanol from cellulosic, starch and sugar-based raw materials. The increase in the theoretical yield over that of the existing fermentation technology is the result of process technology utilizing renewable electric power to supply reducing equivalents to the fermentation. These reducing equivalents enable the microbes to improve the over-all conversion efficiency of carbohydrate feedstocks to bio-butanol. From an energy balance stand-point, this technology enables the conversion of renewable electric power into the liquid fuel, bio-butanol. Thus, the process technology increases the amount of renewable energy that can be produced per unit of renewable carbohydrate feedstock.

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