Low-Energy Rotary Shear for Sub-millimeter Particle Production

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90662
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
76491
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
03a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
3320 West Valley Highway N, Suite D110, Auburn, WA, 98001-2457
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
048921824
Principal Investigator:
James Dooley
Dr.
(253) 333-9663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Business Contact:
James Dooley
Dr.
(253) 333-9663
jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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