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Low Energy Particle Size Reduction for Biomass Feedstocks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94482
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
90556
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Forest Concepts, Llc
3320 W Valley Hwy N D110 Auburn, WA 98001-2457
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Low Energy Particle Size Reduction for Biomass Feedstocks
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85577
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Size reduction, or comminution, is a necessary, but energy intensive, processing step in the conversion of lingo-cellulosic biomass feedstocks into biofuels, including ethanol, bio-oil, and other products. Comminution ¿ by chippers, grinders, hammer mills, and the like ¿ not only consumes excessive energy but also produces a wide particle size distribution and often requires costly dust control and mitigation. This project will develop a comminution system that employs a rotary bypass shear and material crusher that work with the biological structure of the cellulosic feedstocks to improve energy efficiency. Moreover, the system has the capability to narrow the range of particle sizes to improve conversion efficiency. The size reduction process would be useful for conversion processes that can handle feedstocks in the 4-12 mm particle size or as the primary size-reduction process in two stage systems. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee:The new comminution system would enable the design, manufacture and implementation of new pre-processing equipment for bioenergy facilities, reducing the energy cost for primary particle size reduction by at least 50 percent compared to grinders and hammer mills

Principal Investigator:

James Dooley
Dr.
2533339663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com

Business Contact:

James Dooley
Dr.
2533339663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Forest Concepts, Llc
3320 West Valley Highway N Suite D110 Auburn, WA 98001

EIN/Tax ID: 911927350
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No