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Machine to Densify Biomass into Tablets

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94484
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
90557
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Freight Pipeline Company
2601 Maguire Boulevard Columbia, MO 65201
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Machine to Densify Biomass into Tablets
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85578
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Most biomass materials, such as switchgrass and corn stover, are very bulky (fluffy) when first collected,making them costly to handle, store, and transport. Current densification methods ¿ include baling, pelletizing, etc, ¿ are too costly, too energy-intensive, or both. A better method to solve these problems is needed to enhance the utilization of biomass. This project will test and develop a special machine that can press biomass materials into dense tablets of various sizes without having to use heat or binder. This ¿tabletizer¿ will have a number of advantages over other densification processes: (1) less energy will be needed to achieve densification; (2) compaction can be done at farms, sawmills, or ranger stations, greatly reducing transportation and storage costs; and (3) the tablets will be uniform in shape and size, enabling automatic feeding and handling. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee:The biomass tablets produced by this machine should be used in many applications: (1) feedstock for liquefaction and gasification of biomass, (2) fuel for co-firing with coal in stoker and fluidized-bed boilers for power generation, (3) fuel for heating buildings, and (4) feedstock for producing charcoal and activated carbon.

Principal Investigator:

Henry Liu
Dr.
5734420080
fpc_liuh@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Henry Liu
Dr.
5734420080
fpc_liuh@yahoo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Freight Pipeline Company
2601 Maguire Boulevard Columbia, MO 65201

EIN/Tax ID: 431923829
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No