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A Biogas - Tolerant Engine - Generator for Advanced Agricultural Waste…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88593
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2010-01877
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Biogas - Tolerant Engine - Generator for Advanced Agricultural Waste Management Systems
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $79,999.00
 

Abstract:

Anaerobic digesters are capable of producing methane-rich biogas from animal manure and also offer the advantages of controlling odors, reducing pathogens, and minimizing the environmental impact of the waste. The biogas produced from anaerobic digesters is a renewable, distributed source of energy that can be used to generate electricity to offset power consumption on farms. Unfortunately, biogas is highly corrosive and quickly embrittles the cast iron and steel used for many engine components. As a result, conventional engines fail after several months of exposure to biogas. The objective of this project is to develop an inexpensive, low-maintenance, high-efficiency, biogas-tolerant engine that can be used for generators at these biodigester installations. Our approach will be to modify the engine to minimize the flow of corrosive gases into the crankcase and to replace critical engine components with ones fabricated from corrosion-resistant materials.

Principal Investigator:

Paul E. Yelvington
Principal Investigator
3216313550
pyelvington@mainstream-engr.com

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Controller
3216313550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORPORATION
200 YELLOW PL Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No