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A Compact, Efficient Pyrolysis/Oxidation System for Solid Waste Resource…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90555
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084979
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Compact, Efficient Pyrolysis/Oxidation System for Solid Waste Resource Recovery in Space
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CA22C
Award Amount: $599,858.00
 

Abstract:

Pyrolysis processing can be used in near term missions for volume reduction, water recovery (drying), stabilization, and enhanced water and oxygen recovery through thermochemical reactions. For longer term missions, the added benefits include production of fuel, multi-purpose carbon, and reactants for in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). The objective of the Phase I SBIR program was to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating pyrolysis, tar cracking, and oxidation steps into a compact, efficient, system for processing spacecraft solid wastes. This integration, which was based on a microwave pyrolysis/cracking/oxidation unit, has resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption per gram (~70% when compared to a conventional unit), and an overall reduction in system complexity. These improvements should lead to a lower Equivalent System Mass (ESM) for a full scale system. Under Phase II, a prototype microwave pyrolysis/tar cracking/oxidation unit will be developed in collaboration with ETM Electromatic, Inc., a leading manufacturer of microwave power systems for commercial, space and military markets.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Serio
Principal Investigator
8608609806
mserio@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Serio
Business Official
8608609806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No