Food Waste Remediation for Field Kitchens by Hydrothermal Liquefaction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-09-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number: A083-192-0555
Amount: $69,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-192
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dustin Zastrow
 PI/Chemical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
Studies have shown that solid waste is generated at a rate of 3–4 lbs per person per day for base camp operations. A typical maneuver battalion of 550 soldiers will produce about 2000 lbs of waste per day. Much of this waste is food waste, with high water content and low energy content. We propose to develop a hydrothermal liquefaction system for the conversion of food waste and slop to fuel. While most alternative fuel conversion processes need a dry feedstock, hydrothermal liquefaction requires a high water content feed to operate efficiently. The proposed system will create a fuel capable of being used on-site in a dual-fuel diesel engine. In Phase I, a batch reactor will be used to demonstrate the feasibility of producing fuel from a heterogeneous, low energy content, waste stream. Experiments will be performed on the fuel produced to determine the properties and potential applications for the fuel. More specifically, the suitability of the fuel as a drop-in replacement for JP-8 in a dual-fuel diesel engine will be assessed. In Phase II, the optimized process will be scaled up to pilot scale and integrated with the waste-to-energy process on-site.

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