ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Primary Industry: Biofuels

Arizona State University

Title / Name of Technology:Cyanobacteria Designed for Solar-Powered Highly Efficient Production of Biofuels
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:This project uses metabolic engineering to maximize fatty acid production and secretion in cyanobacteria while minimizing the energy diverted for growth by using physiologically competent stationary phase cultures. Efficient fatty acid production will be partnered with technologies that efficiently transform these fatty acids into liquid transportation fuels.

ASU LightWorks

Primary Industry (other):Cyanobacteria, algae, and other biofuels
Title / Name of Technology:Liquid fuels from cyanobacteria and other biofuels
Development Status:Proven Manufacturability
Brief Description of Technology:Biofuels with an emphasis on solar energy.

Bio Architecture Lab, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Fermentative production of fuels and chemicals from Macroalgae using BAL proprietary microbes
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:BAL proprietary technology enables biofuels and renewable chemicals form scalable and sustainable biomass (Macroalgae).


Title / Name of Technology:Electro-bio conversion of CO2 to fuel
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Using ionic conducting ceramics to enhance biological processes to generate fuels compatible with existing infrastructure.

Iowa State University

Title / Name of Technology:Microalgal Biofuel Platform Development
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are developing the microalga Chlamydomonas into a genetically tractable platform for biofuel production. As the only microalga with established genetic recombination, Chlamydomonas has the capacity for recombining and stacking traits (breeding), thus providing the sustainability of a microalgal crop in the biofuel industry.

Lithos Biofuels

Title / Name of Technology:Lithotrophic Biofuels
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Our objective is to make sugar for the subsequent use for fermentation to biofuels. The process uses an enzymatic pathway found in a deep-sea microbe to make sugar using cheap and abundant raw materials as feedstock.

University of Minnesota and BioCee

Title / Name of Technology:Shewanella as an Ideal Platform for Producing Hydrocarbon Biofuels
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The research uses Shewanella sp.for hydrocarbon fuel-feedstock production. We have shown that native Shewanella species produce hydrocarbons, are tolerant to hydrocarbons, and can be engineered to produce higher levels of hydrocarbons. Both carbon-dioxide and biomass-derived carbon is being transformed to hydrocarbons within a novel thin-film latex coating technology developed by BioCee. Catalytic cracking is being applied to long chain ketones to generate fuel-length hydrocarbons.

Platinum Sponsors
Ernst & Young Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Silicon Valley Bank
Gold Sponsors
Autodesk MDB MDB
Corporate Acceleration Partners
Applied Materials Battelle BOSCH BNL
Case Western Reserve University Constellation Energy elstat Dupont
elstat EWI Research Center General Atomics Lockheed Martin
United Technologies Research Center  
*Partner Organizations are participants in programs designed to accelerate technology commercialization.
Silver Sponsor
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Investor Acceleration Partners
Mohr Davidow Sequoia
*Partner Organizations are participants in matchmaking program for one-on-one meetings with Technology Showcase participants.
Technology Development Partners
Argonne C2B2 C2B2 Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory NETL NREL Oak Ridge National Lab
Palo Alto Research Center SunShot Initiative The U.S. Department of Energy EERE The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Student Patron Program Sponsors
Baruch Future Ventures Mohr Davidow Venrock
Federal Agency Partner
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