Portable Biomass Liquid/Gaseous Fuel Reactor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-08-M-0017
Agency Tracking Number: F073-141-0323
Amount: $98,740.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-141
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Sapienza
 Senior Scientist
 (614) 797-2200
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: COO
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
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.

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