In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The program provides the companies $300,000 to further develop and commercialize their products and ideas. Phase II awards are only available to companies that previously submitted research proposals for their innovative technologies and were awarded phase I contracts up to $100,000.
The two biofuels-related projects were Environmental Fuel Research, LLC of Philadelphia, Pa. for developing a system to produce biofuel from grease trap waste and Sustainable Bioproducts, LLC of Bozeman, Mont. for developing a low-cost, simple, and scalable microbial process for conversion of municipal solid waste to fuels using fungus.