Kuehnle AgroSystems Corporation | Date: 2014-03-13
The present invention relates to improved wastewater treatment systems and methods. In one embodiment, the present invention utilizes microbial consortia and the final effluent of the treated wastewater is remarkably clean, and has low levels of hazardous chemicals, unwanted nutrient values and/or total solids. Advantageously, the wastewater treatment system and method of the present invention reduces the use of chemical compounds in the treatment process. Further, valuable biomasses can be produced from the wastewater using the treatment process of the present invention.
Kuehnle AgroSystems Corporation | Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 70.00K | Year: 2009
The challenge has been set to strengthen the military''s fuel supply lines with modular, easily sourced, renewable feedstocks. Microalgae, and other non-edible feedstocks, must be aggressively developed without delay. Microalgal fuel feedstock has been refined to produce biofuels with properties and performance comparable to their petroleum-derived counterparts. Biofuels derived from algae oil sources are anticipated to be wholly compatible with the Navy’s current propulsion systems. The issue at hand is to determine the economic sustainability and long-term economic viability as algae farming becomes established at increasingly larger scales. As an elite algae seedstock breeder/manufacturer, our business is focused upon providing the algae farmer/grower with high performing, industrially-relevant species to produce feedstock that meets price points for crude algae oil. Several novel biofuel processing methods appear to be modular and with sufficiently small minimum feedstock requirements to serve as potentially cost-effective technologies to install in Hawaii in the near term. This project will provide a feasibility study, centered on the Navy''s biofuels needs in Hawaii, to determine the compatibility of Hawaii feedstock with novel conversion technology, and the commercial-scale production involving the partners and technologies through the complete biofuel supply chain.
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 349.98K | Year: 2009
Microalgae have long been employed in basic research of plant genetics and physiology. Thus, continued research and development are essential to attain commercial viability of microalgae as a renewable source of industrial product feedstocks. This project addresses genetic solutions for algae as feedstock biofactories.
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 400.00K | Year: 2010
The scope of this SBIR project is to develop the Kuehnle AgroSystem's technical innovation of live algae preservation to provide room temperature storage options for microalgae that are preferred for specific aquaculture and biofuels applications. A major bottleneck in developing algae biomass for the aquaculture and cleantech industry is absence of quality bulk live algae product. Live algae concentrates are highly perishable and simply unavailable in the trade. High-performance algae are stabilized in a matrix at ambient temperatures as a viable cell concentrate for inventory storage and global shipping purposes. This novel solution permits a reliable route to seeding of aquaria, hatcheries, and algae biomass farms. This Phase II research project seeks to expand the number of algae species for preservation, scale-up to commercial volumes, define metrics for quality assurance for seedstock, and apply the technologies in aquaculture to build a strong business foundation with cross-over to biofuels. This project will satisfy the USDA's Strategic Goals to enhance rural and farm economics, and to protect and enhance the nation's food supply, natural resource base and environment.