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Torrefaction Processing of Human Fecal Waste

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124620
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H3.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Torrefaction Processing of Human Fecal Waste
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CA54P
Award Amount: $124,976.00
 

Abstract:

New technology is needed to collect, stabilize, safen, recover useful materials, and store human fecal waste for long duration missions. The current SBIR Phase I proposal will examine an innovative torrefaction (mild pyrolysis) processing system that can be used to sterilize feces and produce a stable, free flowing powder than can be easily stored or recycled, while simultaneously recovering all of the moisture and producing minimal amounts of other gases. The system will also require minimal crew interactions, low energy demands, and tolerate mixed or contaminated waste streams. The objective of the Phase I study is to demonstrate the feasibility of this improved process using bench scale experiments. This will be accomplished in three tasks: 1) design and construct bench scale processing unit that can accommodate different modes of heating (conventional, microwave, radiant/solar); 2) laboratory and modeling studies on a fecal simulant over a range of process conditions (temperature, holding time, atmosphere); 3) evaluation of laboratory results and preliminary design of Phase II prototype.

Principal Investigator:

Michael A. Serio
Principal Investigator
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael Serio
Business Official
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No