Renewable Bioplastics Production

EPA Contract Number: 68HE0D18C0011
Title: Renewable Bioplastics Production
Investigators: Imam, Dr. Tahmina
Small Business: Altex Technologies Corporation
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: I
Project Period: October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019
Project Amount: $99,998
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2018) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Manufacturing


Altex's Renewable Bioplastics Production (RBP) technology meets the Greener Plastic Manufacturing
needs; to eliminate harmful-petrochemical feed sources, to accomplish toxic-free, low-energy, low
cost bioplastics production, to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and to have environment friendly-biodegradable bioplastics. Altex's proposed RBP technology combines a novel feeding-sizing-pretreatment process, with a 1-step microbial conversion, to produce bioplastics
from any lignocellulosic material. The RBP process is technically feasible because; it's
feed-flexible, the whole plant structure (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin) is utilized for
bioplastics production, resulting in large yield, and finally the process utilizes a cost effective
microbial pathway to produce bioplastics. Additionally, everyone that currently uses
petroleum-sourced plastics are the end users for bioplastics. Currently, bioplastics represent only
1% of the 320 MM tonnes of plastic produced annually. In comparison to existing bioplastics
production technologies, the RBP technology produces bioplastics at 30% lower cost, and reduces GHG emissions by 407 MM tons/year.


Publications and Presentations:

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Journal Articles:

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Supplemental Keywords:

bioplastics, technology

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report