BioMass Waste Water Generator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F09650-03-M-0185
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1573
Amount: $99,612.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
324 Corder Road, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
DUNS: 602262198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Harwood
 Mechanical Engineer
 (478) 328-8537
Business Contact
 John Luppino
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (478) 328-8537
Research Institution
TCS and its subcontractors, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Plasma Applications Research Facility (PARF) and Clark Atlanta University, a historically black university, will investigate the technical and economic boundaries of using plasma-arc torchtechnology to convert biomass waste water into fuel for a Biomass Waste Water Generator (BWWG). This will be accomplished by first conducting a plasma-arc torch experiment, which will pryolize biomass waste water into hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide(CO). Second, the proposed Phase I effort will entail the preliminary design of a BWWG system that preprocesses the waste prior to the plasma-arc torch; uses the H2 and CO to power a fuel cell; and extracts drinking water. These efforts will lay thefoundation for the detailed design and testing of the integrated BWWG system in Phase II. The U.S. Air Force currently is looking into all options of reducing its logistical footprint. Solid oxide or molten carbonate fuel cells may possess thecapability to be fueled by biomass, and to supply a drinking quality water stream. This revolutionary technology holds the potential to reduce biomass waste, to produce drinking water, and to supply a source of energy. For the military, it could openmore options for fuel cells in remote rural locations with barren landscapes. Domestically, it potentially could turn urban sewage processing plants into power plants.

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