Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Mycocomposting of waster paper and the search for the next Biofuel

EPA Grant Number: SU836034
Title: Mycocomposting of waster paper and the search for the next Biofuel
Investigators: Bray ;Jr., James R. , Blasa, Masey , DeLong, Nicolaus , Hausman, Robert , Long, Daniel
Institution: Blackburn College
EPA Project Officer: Lank, Gregory
Project Period: August 15, 2011 through August 14, 2012
Project Amount: $14,728
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Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , P3 Awards , Sustainability

Description:

Objective:

To greatly reduce cellulose/lignin waste output by using fungi and attempt to identify fungal strains producing hydrocarbons of interest in biofuel production.

Approach:

The two objectives of this pilot study go hand in hand. First, we will setup a scale-sized paper composting facility then isolate fungi carrying out the composting to assay hydrocarbon output. The above design will serve as a model of sustainability and research for the people of the community. It is our hope that this model can be adapted worldwide.

Expected Results:

Non-recycled waste paper output will be greatly reduced campus wide. We are hoping to isolate fungi capable of producing hydrocarbons that can be utilized in biofuel production.

Supplemental Keywords:

biodiesel, alternative energy, renewable fuels, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure design;

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report