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
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1013568
Agency Tracking Number:
1013568
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SarTec Corporation
617 Pierce Street, Anoka, MN, 55303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
108496662
Principal Investigator:
Clayton McNeff
PhD
(800) 472-7832
claytonmcneff@sartec.com
Business Contact:
Clayton McNeff
PhD
(800) 472-7832
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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