Catilin Contributes Key Extraction, Sequestration and Conversion Technologies to NAABB Consortium Developing Algal Biofuels
Catilin, Inc., a biofuels catalyst technology company (earlier post), will embark a $5.3 million project over the next three years as part of the $44 million DOE Investment for Advanced Biofuels Research and Fueling Infrastructure award made to Catilin’s consortium, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB). (Earlier post.)
Catilin and its partner, Iowa State University - Center for Catalysis (ISU-CCAT), will provide key extraction, sequestration and conversion technologies. The NAABB consortium is made up of 26 groups from both the private and public sector and is led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Catilin and ISU-CCAT, members of the NAABB, will build on their algal oil extraction technology using mesoporous nanoparticles to selectively extract and sequester targeted fuel-relevant and high value compounds within the algal lipid mixture. The balance of the algal oil, which contains free fatty acids (FFA) and triglycerides, will be converted to biodiesel using Catilin’s commercially available T300 catalyst. The pilot scale work will be completed at Catilin’s currently operating 300,000 gallon per year pilot plant.
Catilin has been closely aligned with ISU-CCAT since 2007 when Professor Victor Lin of Iowa State University founded Catilin with financial support from Mohr Davidow Ventures of Menlo Park, CA.