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HelioBiosys was a Western Regional Semifinalist in the 2013 CleanTech Open Business Accelerator.
They were finalists in the 2013 NREL Industry Growth Forum held in Denver CO.
HelioBioSys has been awarded a $200,000 Small Business Vouchers Pilot from the U.S. Department of Energy to simultaneously optimize and scale-up upstream and downstream processes leading to the commercialization of the production of HelioSugarTM. The voucher will be used to primarily focus on the impact of varying growth conditions in Sandia National Laboratories’ (SNL) indoor Algae Testbed facility on sugar yields. The expertise and facilities at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (ABPDU) will establish the processing requirements for converting mixed sugars to fuels. The data and analysis from the proposed study is critical to support our assertion of HelioSugarTM as a reliable source of renewable feedstock to an integrated coastal biorefinery, the commercial viability of which will dramatically reduce costs associated with photosynthesis-based biofuels. It will also be used to adapt traditional analytical and conversion processes to produce the highest fuel yields along with pure polysaccharide samples for QC testing with a bioplastic partner.