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Methods for Wet Torrefaction of a Biomass
BackgroundLignocellulosic biomass is an important and abundant source of renewable energy. However, difficulties in transportation and handling cause issues with the commercialization of its use, due to its low bulk density and tendency to rot if not stored properly. Thermochemical pretreatment through a process of wet torrefaction increases the mass...
Published: 7/18/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Victor Vasquez, Mohammad Reza, Wei Yan
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Batch Cyclic Redox Reactor
BackgroundThe combustion of hydrocarbons which include fossil and synthetic fuels can produce power and heat; however, it can be difficult to protect the environment from greenhouse gases produced in air-based combustion reactions. Thus, there is a need for a combustion reactor that is both environmentally-friendly and economical for moderately-sized...
Published: 6/26/2018   |   Inventor(s): Marisa Zuzga, Charles Coronella, Md. Helal Uddin
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Category(s): Engineering & Manufacturing
Dual Mode Combustor
BackgroundMany existing heat production devices such as the gas burner systems require fairly complex control due to high burner-gas flame temperatures which lead to high costs to use the technology. Furthermore, the exhaust is a pollutant; thus, the development of a clean and simple system is in need.DescriptionOur researchers at the University of...
Published: 6/25/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, George Touchton
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Hydropyras Process: Conversion Of Waste To Heat/Power
Background:One can find numerous examples of industrial and domestic waste with high pollutant content (COD, BOD),e.g., stillage, sludge, etc. Treatment of these streams for discharge is quite expensive. In principle, the organic content can be converted to fuel, heat, or power by use of anaerobic digestion (AD), but that technology is not always suited...
Published: 4/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Mohammad Reza, Reza (Alireza) Shekarriz
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Reactor for Continuous Hydrothermal Treatment of Wet Biomass
Background: Since the dawn of modern dairy farming, two problems have plagued the industry: excess of manure, and lack of energy. A dairy of 800 cows can produce something close to 48 tons of manure per day, and without having a farm attached to the dairy, that manure has nowhere to go. That same dairy requires close to $80,000 worth of energy to process...
Published: 4/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Mohammad Reza, Reza (Alireza) Shekarriz
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Category(s): Energy & Renewables
Electrical Power from Wastewater Sludge
The U.S. generates 8 million dry metric tons of sludge each year. The costs of disposing this sludge are roughly $2 billion dollars annually and the EPA spends about 1/5th of their budget ($1.4 billion dollars) on wastewater management. For individual wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), ‘dewatering’ the sludge is one of the primary operating costs....
Published: 2/9/2012   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Victor Vasquez
Keywords(s): Renewable Energy
Category(s): Energy & Renewables, Environment & Sustainability