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Low Energy Comminution of Herbaceous Biomass Feedstocks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2013-00026
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.13
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Small Business Information
Forest Concepts, Llc
3320 W Valley Hwy N D110 Auburn, WA 98001-2457
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Low Energy Comminution of Herbaceous Biomass Feedstocks
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2013-00026
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Size reduction, or comminution, is a fundamental processing step for lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks used as a raw material for conversion to biofuels. Grinding or milling of herbaceous materials such as corn stover, switchgrass, miscanthus and other biofuel feedstocks consumes a lot of energy, produces particle shapes that are difficult to handle, requires dry raw material, and often results in excessive dust. New comminution methods are needed that produce more uniform small particles from herbaceous biomass across the moisture content range of full field moisture to dry, and consume minimal energy. The proposed rotary shearing technology has the potential to reduce the comminution energy to near the theoretical minimum and also enable production of flowable particles of uniform size, shape, and surface area.

Principal Investigator:

James H. Dooley
Chief Technical Officer
253-333-9663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com

Business Contact:

James H. Dooley
Chief Technical Officer
253-333-9663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FOREST CONCEPTS, LLC
3320 W VALLEY HWY N STE D110 Auburn, WA 98001-2457

EIN/Tax ID: 911927350
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes