SBIR Phase I: Development of a Two-Stage Culture Process for Production of Omega 3 Rich Algae from Biodiesel Waste Glycerol for Use as an Aquaculture Fish Feed Supplement

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0712584
Award Id:
84827
Agency Tracking Number:
0712584
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1015 NW Clifford St., # 286, Pullman, WA, 99163
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
613016190
Principal Investigator:
Craig Frear
MA
(208) 413-1180
csfrear@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Craig Frear
MA
(208) 413-1180
csfrear@yahoo.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project develops a two-stage culture process of heterotrophic microalgae with a high cell density of more than 100 g/L to produce omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA, from the crude glycerol produced as a by-product by the biodiesel industry. The overall objective for this Phase I research is to scale-up and optimize this process and assess its economic viability and feasibility for future research, development, and commercial sales. The research objectives are to: (1) refine the culture medium components for scale-up; (2) evaluate KLa as a parameter for scale-up of the lab-scale DHA production process; and (3) assess the economic viability and overall feasibility of the process. The broader impact will be to solve the problem of waste glycerol treatment in the biodiesel industry while providing an essential fish feed supplement that could help reduce the reliance of aquaculture on fish oil and fishmeal. This reduced cost algal culture process could help to completely substitute fish oil supplementation with omega-3 enriched algae supplementation; thereby resulting in enhanced marketability of the healthier fish product while also aiding in protecting our depleted marine fisheries from further degradation.

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