U.S. EPA Awards $100,000 to Emeryville, Calif., Small Business to Develop Sustainable Green Technologies


$1.9 million awarded nationwide to support green economy

SAN FRANCISCO – September 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $100,000 to Industrial Microbes located in Emeryville, Calif., to develop sustainable technologies that address environmental issues. A total of $1.9 million was awarded to 19 small businesses nationwide.

Industrial Microbes Inc. received the funding to develop a green fermentation platform to replace carbon-emitting petrochemicals with new methods that build chemicals out of carbon dioxide and methane. This new process will produce valuable chemicals for half the current production cost, helping reduce carbon pollution in chemical manufacturing.

“Thanks to this new green initiative, the Bay Area will be cleaner and safer for generations to come,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This small business is singlehandedly working on new technologies to help find solutions to environmental issues while strengthening the economy.”

Each of the 19 companies awarded nationwide will receive an SBIR Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. Once the project is commercially viable, the companies are eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to further develop and commercialize their environmentally-friendly technology for the marketplace.

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds small businesses developing green technologies that protect the environment. This year’s recipients are focusing on air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, building materials, and homeland security research.

The solicitation for the next round of SBIR Phase I awards will open later in Sept. 2015.

For more information about the EPA SBIR Phase I awards: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir2015phase1

More information about the EPA SBIR Program: www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir

Information about the SBIR Program across the Federal Government: https://www.sbir.gov/

Contact Information: Soledad Calvino, calvino.maria (at) epa (dot) gov, 415-972-3512


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

EPA employs 17,000 people across the country, including our headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs. Our staff are highly educated and technically trained; more than half are engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs, financial, information management and computer specialists.


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