A Modular, Skid-Mounted Biomass Pyrolysis Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84767
Agency Tracking Number: 83299
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 01
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
DUNS: 021804661
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marek Wojtowicz
 (860) 528-9806
Business Contact
 James Markham
Title: Mr
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: jim@AFRinc.com
Research Institution
Political, economic, and environmental considerations require that the national dependence on petroleum-based transportation fuels, especially imported oil, be reduced by accelerating the development of domestic renewable alternatives. The United States has the potential to generate, sustainably, about 1.3 billion dry tons of biomass per year, and bio-oil derived from this renewable feedstock could replace part of the currently used fossil fuels. However, a large proportion of the cost of biomass-to-biofuel conversion is associated with transporting the biomass to central processing facilities. Therefore, this project will develop technology for the distributed conversion of diverse biomass to bio-oil, which can then be transported to biorefineries for further upgrading. Phase I will: (1) demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of distributed conversion of biomass to bio-oil; and (2) produce a design of a prototype modular, skid-mounted biomass pyrolysis unit, which will be constructed and demonstrated in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The conversion of crop residues and crop processing wastes to fuels would: (1) replace fuels produced from fossil sources, thus mitigating dependence on foreign oil as well as negative environmental impacts; (2) help spur the development of biorefineries, which will produce both fuels and chemicals from renewable materials; and (3) remove crop residues from landfills, where they take up valuable space and decompose to produce CH4 and CO2, both greenhouse gases.

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