Project Details


#DE-AR0000011 (Cyanobacteria Designed for Solar-Powered Highly Efficient Production of Biofuels) was focused on having solar-powered photosynthesis drive production of excreted fatty acids (laurate) in a cyanobacterium (a photosynthetic microbe), followed by decarboxylation of laurate to an alkane and isomerization to a drop-in jet fuel replacement. The project has been quite successful, with the great majority of milestones and deliverables met or exceeded on time. However, during the project some unexpected difficulties were encountered that have limited the commercialization potential of this new technology. We propose additional funding to overcome these hurdles in order to greatly increase commercialization potential of the technologies developed in our ARPA-E project. Key issues to overcome to enhance commercialization potential are: Laurate consumption by heterotrophs Long-term laurate production by cyanobacteria Temperature sensitivity of cyanobacteria and of laurate production These are all areas that could not have been identified as problems at the time that the proposal was submitted, and that cover significantly different ground than what was in the milestones and deliverables of the original project. The individual issues will be covered in more detail below.
Effective start/end date3/1/126/30/13


  • DOE: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): $1,593,582.00


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