Low Energy Comminution of Herbaceous Biomass Feedstocks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2013-00026
Agency Tracking Number: 2013-00026
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003848
Small Business Information
3320 W VALLEY HWY N STE D110, Auburn, WA, 98001-2457
DUNS: 048921824
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Dooley
 Chief Technical Officer
 (253) 333-9663
Business Contact
 James Dooley
Title: Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (253) 333-9663
Email: jdooley@forestconcepts.com
Research Institution
Size reduction, or comminution, is a fundamental processing step for lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks used as a raw material for conversion to biofuels. Grinding or milling of herbaceous materials such as corn stover, switchgrass, miscanthus and other biofuel feedstocks consumes a lot of energy, produces particle shapes that are difficult to handle, requires dry raw material, and often results in excessive dust. New comminution methods are needed that produce more uniform small particles from herbaceous biomass across the moisture content range of full field moisture to dry, and consume minimal energy. The proposed rotary shearing technology has the potential to reduce the comminution energy to near the theoretical minimum and also enable production of flowable particles of uniform size, shape, and surface area.

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