Commercial Opportunity Analysis of an Integrated Animal Waste-to-Energy System for On-Farm Operation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2008-00256
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4699 PONTIAC TRL, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: 062340588
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patricia Simmons
 Chief Operating Officer
 (734) 761-5282
Business Contact
 Patricia Simmons
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (734) 761-1006
Research Institution
The opportunity for commercialization of an integrated biomass to energy production unit, designed and scaled for on-farm operation, is created by the intersection of two critical drivers - the increasing need for improved, cost effective manure management systems for dairy, livestock and poultry production facilities and growing interest in alternative and renewable energy. One of the biggest challenges that livestock and dairy producers face is managing manure and process water in a way that controls odor and protects environmental quality. Economical manure management systems that are environmentally responsible and produce value-added products are needed. This process will not only help avoid energy and disposal cost, but will also create a new source of farm income, reduce nutrient emissions to the environment, and destroy pathogens and pharmaceuticals in processed manure. The proposed research will enable development of flexible process modules that can be optimized for individual farm feedstock and energy needs, allowing both economies of scale as well as customization on a farm by farm basis. Extension to livestock and poultry operations will be addressed in Phase II. It will also provide the information required for application and market development of valuable products from char.

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