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Novel Process for Biomass Conversion to Methyl Butanols

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0013230
Agency Tracking Number: 215616
Amount: $224,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 18e
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001164
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-02-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-11-16
Small Business Information
5885 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA 94608-3804
United States
DUNS: 470871173
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Mukund Karanjikar
 (801) 953-1047
Business Contact
 Anant Samudra
Title: Dr.
Phone: (801) 953-1047
Research Institution
 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 Taek Lee
5885 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA 94608-3804
United States

 (510) 495-2469
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

As the world population increases and global GDP rises, the demand for energy is projected to increase dramatically. Fossil fuels are currently a leading energy source, approximately 50% of which is imported from foreign sources. A domestically produced, renewable energy source is needed to ensure the energy security of the United States. One source of domestic potential energy currently under-utilized is agricultural and forestry biomass which can top 1.3 billion tons annually. Conversion of this biomass to useable fuel sources can be accomplished via microorganisms which have been engineered to produce energy dense combustible molecules. Technology Holding LLC in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory proposes to further develop an industrial bacterial strain which can metabolize hydrolysate from woody biomass to produce 5-Carbon Alcohols. These alcohols can be used as green bulk chemicals for the manufacture of various consumer products and as drop in fuel additive or replacement.

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