PORTABLE, COST-EFFICIENT BIOMASS CONVERSION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-08-M-0019
Agency Tracking Number: F073-141-0238
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-141
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
APPLIED OPTICAL MATERIALS, INC.
744 Stewart Canyon Rd, Fallbrook, CA, 92028
DUNS: 150789191
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Schaafsma
 President
 (760) 451-0546
 dtschaafsma@aomat.com
Business Contact
 David Schaafsma
Title: President
Phone: (760) 451-0546
Email: dtschaafsma@aomat.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Large-scale pyrolysis of biomass for energy production must aim for high throughput in order to meet economies of scale. For this reason, many of the fluidized bed and cyclonic pyrolysis reactors being developed are designed for throughputs of hundreds or thousands of tons per day of biomass. The quality of the oil produced is very dependent on the feedstock, and since most of the reactors consume electricity, the yield of the feedstock plays a role in the net energy yield of the biomass plant. Mesoscale pyrolysis has several advantages which arise from the freedom from satisfying energy economics. This energy relationship goes directly to the bottom line of any company wishing to convert biomass to fuel or electricity, and it is one of the fundamental challenges in making biomass-derived fuels a viable alternative to fossil fuels in the near future.

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