SBIR Phase I:Continuous biodiesel production from a novel microbial bioenergy source using metal oxide catalysts

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1013568
Agency Tracking Number: 1013568
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-609
Small Business Information
SarTec Corporation
617 Pierce Street, Anoka, MN, 55303
DUNS: 108496662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Clayton McNeff
 PhD
 (800) 472-7832
 claytonmcneff@sartec.com
Business Contact
 Clayton McNeff
Title: PhD
Phone: (800) 472-7832
Email: claytonmcneff@sartec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop the feasibility of continuously producing biodiesel fuel from renewable lipids that are harvested from oleaginous yeasts. Specifically, the plan is to maximize lipid production from selected yeast strains. This project investigates an innovative process that produces transportation grade biodiesel fuel from a novel microbial bioenergy source. It will demonstrate the feasibility of continuously producing biodiesel from renewable lipids harvested from oleaginous yeasts. The yeast strains will be carefully selected through a well designed screening process and culturing conditions will be extensively tested to maximize lipid production. Continuous biodiesel production is possible by utilizing the nonconventional Mcgyan process. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be to improve the science of producing biodiesel from non-food based, cellulosic fermentable sugars which are derived from corn stover, various types of straw, hay, wood chips, saw dust, switch grass, etc.

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