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Portable Biomass Liquid/Gaseous Fuel Reactor

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue Westerville, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Portable Biomass Liquid/Gaseous Fuel Reactor
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9302-08-M-0017
Award Amount: $98,740.00


As Air Force landfills reach capacity, the mixed waste streams that are taken to these landfills need to be redirected to generate a significant amount of fuel from this biomass using portable biofuel reactors. Problematically, current decentralized gasification R&D is typically operated at atmospheric pressure and with air as gasification medium. The second major technological barrier in converting bio-syngas into synfuels is gas cleaning mainly dictated by the application, and furthermore by the amount and character of the contaminants as a result of feedstock. The technology METSS will apply to this program is FAST-M, a methanol catalyst that allows the process to be conducted batch-wise or in a continuous fashion and offers a method to overcome the most important technological and non-technological barriers to implementation. FAST-M can provide the technology needed to design a portable, modular or single unit biofuel reactor that can utilize a wide variety of unprocessed biomass feedstock to create liquid fuels. The biofuel reactor will be easily installed and safely operated with a minimal logistics footprint at developed, remote, and austere locations such as small landfills, construction sites, waste treatment facilities, and forward dining facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Sapienza
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Kenneth J. Heater
Small Business Information at Submission:

300 Westdale Avenue Westerville, OH 43082

EIN/Tax ID: 311461458
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No