Biomass Log Fuel for Heating Farm Buildings

Period of Performance: 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2007

$78.2K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Freight Pipeline Company
2601 Maguire Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Due to large increase in the price of oil, propane, natural gas and electricity, the nations farmers are paying high costs for heating buildings. The problem can be mitigated by using biomass materials that exist, and are currently underutilized, on farms. This research seeks to develop a new technology to compact and burn biomass for heating buildings using a farm tractor to convert the biomass into a dense solid fuel called biomass logs, and using a fully-automated stove to burn the logs for heating. While phase I of the project will be focused on feasibility study and laboratory tests, Phase II will complete the development by testing and demonstrating the technology on a farm. The Applicant is collaborating with the University of Missouri-Columbia in this research. The University has prior research in this field, and has the farm equipment needed in the Phase II study.