Forest Understory Energy Logistics (FUEL) A Woody Biomass Energy Intensification System

Period of Performance: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Hydrogy, LLC (Inova Energy)
608 E. 3rd Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

Forest understory is an under-utilized woody biomass totaling about 300 million dry tons in the southeastern U.S. alone. One percent recovery of this potential source of energy amounts to about 25 billion Btu per year. Traditional forest management practices require controlled understory burning. To recover the understory as an economical fuel, this raw biomass must be processed to overcome its inherent problems, such as, low bulk density, low energy density, and poor handling traits during