The USDA Small Business Innovation Research program awarded Forest Concepts with a two-year, $350,000 Phase II contract to advance the development of its technologies for reprocessing hog fuel and other chipped woody biomass to create clean streams of wood fiber and bark, while removing dirt, rocks and other potential contaminants.
The cost and yield of most cellulosic biofuels processes is dependent on the quality and uniformity of feedstocks. Clean wood fiber is the material of choice for most biochemical processes. Bark has higher energy content for thermal energy production, and is reported to produce higher yield in some gasification systems. The chip beneficiation process being developed by Forest Concepts can be optimized to produce precision feedstocks for bioconversion or thermochemical processing. The organic co-products can then be directed to other solid biofuels, soil amendments and other uses.
Forest Concepts is a forest products and woody biomass feedstock technology company. Their technologies advance the commercialization of new uses for wood biomass available from urban sources and as a co-product of forest management and wildfire protection in natural areas.