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Robust and Sustainable Utilization of Biofuel Co-Products to increase…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00374
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.8
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
Piedmont Biofuels Industrial
220 LORAX LN UNIT 1 Pittsboro, NC 27312-8898
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Robust and Sustainable Utilization of Biofuel Co-Products to increase Biorefinery Diversification
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2012-00374
Award Amount: $99,890.00
 

Abstract:

Reducing foreign dependence on petroleum-based materials is a key to enhancing the US agricultural economy in the long-term. In recent years with the rising costs of petrochemical prices, there has been an increasing interest in renewable sourced specialty chemicals. Presently, less than 4 percent of U.S. chemicals sales are biobased in origin. A recent USDA analysis puts the potential biobased chemical market share in excess of 20 percent by 2025 with adequate federal policy support. If this rate of growth is achieved, the industry could create or save tens of thousands of additional jobs in the next five years. Increasing the production efficiency and the value of co-products in biofuel operations will also improve the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions from US biorefineries. The research developed under this proposal will address both the climate change and sustainable bioenergy priorities at USDA. This project will enhance two additional pathways for biobased materials, sucrose esters and glycerol carbonate, and facilitate their production viability in US biofuel refineries. The goal is to move these process improvements from the academic realm into commercial reality.

Principal Investigator:

Rachel M. Burton
Research Director
919-321-8260
rachel@biofuels.coop

Business Contact:

Rachel M. Burton
Research Director
919-321-8260
rachel@biofuels.coop
Small Business Information at Submission:

PIEDMONT BIOFUELS INDUSTRIAL LLC
220 LORAX LN UNIT 1 Pittsboro, NC 27312-8898

EIN/Tax ID: 202084349
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No