Low-Energy Rotary Shear for Sub-millimeter Particle Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90662
Agency Tracking Number: 76491
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 03a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
Forest Concepts, LLC
3320 West Valley Highway N, Suite D110, Auburn, WA, 98001-2457
DUNS: 048921824
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Dooley
 Dr.
 (253) 333-9663
 jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Business Contact
 James Dooley
Title: Dr.
Phone: (253) 333-9663
Email: jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Inexpensive biofuels are essential to the national economic and environmental stability of the United States. Pathways are well established to ferment sugars derived from biomass into fuels and bioproducts. However, there is a massive gap between the physical form of raw cellulosic biomass and the form of the feedstock required for biofuels conversion. Low energy mechanical size reduction to sub-millimeter particles is essential for economic conversion. This project will develop a low energy rotary shear comminution method to make sub-millimeter particles that increase the available surface area per volume ratio optimized for use in biochemical conversion platforms. The technologies resulting from this project can immediately be implemented in current biofuel conversion facilities as well as future second generation conversion facilities. This technology will likely reduce the comminution energy by 50% or more as well as remove the need for capital and operationally expensive dryers in the comminution process, resulting in dramatic biofuels production cost reduction.

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