Prototype of a Biomass Energy-Source Generator and Remote Control and Monitoring

EPA Grant Number: SU836031
Title: Prototype of a Biomass Energy-Source Generator and Remote Control and Monitoring
Investigators: Lee, Wookwon , Diz, H. Rick , Steinbrink, Scott E.
Current Investigators: Lee, Wookwon , Alkhuraiji, Raed , Almalki, Naif , Alruwaili, Musaad , Bennett, Leanne , Diz, H. Rick , Halilovic, Adis , Hawsawi, Alaa , Keller, Nicholas , Lossie, Jared , McMahan, Ted , Prischak, Joshua , Schweisthal, Michael , Smith, Bradley , Smith, Dean , Steinbrink, Scott E. , Tomasik, Joseph
Institution: Gannon University
EPA Project Officer: Lank, Gregory
Phase: I
Project Period: August 15, 2011 through August 14, 2012
Project Amount: $15,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2011) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Energy , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


To develop a prototype system for the production of a renewable fuel from an agricultural residue, in particular, grape pomace Approach: The proposed biomass energy-source generator is to reduce consumption of natural resources by provisioning of another source of high-efficiency fuel production. First, we will determine the optimum thermochemical conversion protocol to efficiently convert grape pomace obtained from a local grape juice plant into a more useful biomass energy form. Subsequently, a mechanical and heat transfer system will be designed to accept the raw materials and transform them into the finished product, as well as a remote control center for the control, command, and monitoring.

Expected Results:

To have a working prototype of the proposed energy-source generator; field trials and demonstration are expected.

Supplemental Keywords:

energy conservation, alternative energy source, renewable energy, renewable fuel;

Progress and Final Reports:

Final Report