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Alkane enhancement of waste using microbial pre-treatement

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A method of: providing a mixture of fecal waste and a bacterium; incubating the mixture to produce a fatty acid enriched mixture; removing water from the fatty acid enriched mixture to produce a dried mixture; and pyrolyzing the dried mixture in an inert atmosphere to produce an alkane from the C5-C32 fatty acid. The bacterium is a type that produces a C5-C32 fatty acid in the presence of any microbes in the fecal waste.

Inventors: 
Biffinger, Justin C.; Fitzgerald, Lisa A.; Ziemer, Cherie; Henry, Kurt; Ringeisen, Bradley R.
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Technical domain: 
Biotechnology and Healthcare
FIle Date: 
2010-10-27
Grant Date: 
2015-03-03
Grant time: 
1,588 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
29
Claim count percentile rank: 
5
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US NAVY