Microvi Wins Grant for New Cost-Effective Butanol Production Technology


June 28, 2017 – Microvi has been awarded a USDA grant for a project that will showcase a new, low-cost technology for the production of butanol, the company announced today.

Microvi’s new butanol technology features an intensified process that offers significant cost reductions compared with conventional technologies by nearly eliminating the need for costly distillation processes.

The demonstration project, which will convert ligonocellulosic materials into n-butanol, will be conducted in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU).

“Despite decades of work by researchers around the world in improving n-butanol production, a breakthrough has proven elusive,” said Microvi CEO Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi. “With this project, we are excited to announce a breakthrough that will transform the economics of n-butanol production.”

The new technology is built on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering platform, and enables titers and productivity rates that are more than 10 times higher than conventional methods while significantly reducing costs, water use and energy use. The technology can be applied as bolt-on processe for ethanol production plants, as well as integrated within novel biorefinery concepts in wastewater treatment plants.

This new project comes after Microvi, working with the ABPDU, demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production last year.

About Microvi

Microvi is a leading green technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops next-generation bioconversion technologies for the water, wastewater and chemical industries. Microvi’s technologies are currently used in a wide range of applications to enable smaller footprints, increased productivity and disruptive economics compared to conventional technologies. For more information, please visit www.microvi.com.