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A HIGH EFFICIENCY RADIO-FREQUENCY VACUUM DRYER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
20923
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
20923
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GENESIS LABORATORIES, INC
10122 NE FRONTAGE RD Wellington, CO 80549 1703
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: A HIGH EFFICIENCY RADIO-FREQUENCY VACUUM DRYER
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $200,000.00
 

Abstract:

WE PROPOSE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW RADIO-FREQUENCY VACUUM DRYER THAT UTILIZES AN OVERMODED RESONANT CAVITY TO COUPLE POWER TO WOOD. THE DEVICE WILL BE MUCH MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT THAN CAPACITOR-PLATE DEVICES THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN USE. THE INCREASE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY COMPARED TO CAPACITOR-PLATE DEVICES IS GREAT ENOUGH THAT THE INITIAL COST OF OUR PROPOSED DRYER WILL BE RECOVERED IN JUST A FEW YEARS DUE TO THE SAVINGS IN ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMPTION. BASED UPON RESEARCH RESULTS, WOOD QUALITY RESULTING FROM RADIO-FREQUENCY VACUUM DRYING IS EQUAL TO THE QUALITY OF WOOD DRIED BY CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, EXCEPT THAT DRYING OCCURS MORE THAN 17 TIMES FASTER. SINCE CONVENTIONAL DRYING IS A SLOW PROCESS, SUBSTANTIAL REVENUES ARE LOST DUE TO LARGE INVENTORIES OF WOOD THAT ARE TIED UP DURING PROCESSING. THIS MONETARY LOSS CAN BE AVOIDED USING RAPID RADIO-FREQUENCY VACUUM DRYING, MAKING THE PROCESS COMPETITIVE WITH CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES. SINCE MOST OF THE COST OF PROCESSING WOOD IS INCURRED IN THE DRYING PROCESS, AND BECAUSE A TREMENDOUS VOLUME OF WOOD IS PROCESSED WORLDWIDE THE ECONOMIC GAINS OF A HIGH-SPEED, ENERGY-EFFICIENT WOOD DRYER WOULD BE ENORMOUS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Thomas L Owens
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Genesis Research
631 Sylvan Ct Batavia, IL 60510

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