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RDF Active Biomass Projects

Active Biomass Projects

These projects use biological material as a fuel source

Application of Kinetic Disintegration System to Process Biomass Feedstocks for Pelletization

Project Goals: To research the application of a kinetic disintegration technology for the production of biomass pellets from a wide variety of feedstocks with varying levels of moisture that can be used as fuel for electrical generation. 

Project Type: Research and Development 

Sponsor: Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers 

Funding Amount: $1,000,000 

Project Cycle: 3

Biomass Crop Management for Sustainable Harvests (Milestone Reports 1-10)

Project Goals: To provide biomass fuel stock suppliers with accurate guidelines for management of biomass removal and maintenance of soil quality.

Project Type: Research and Development 

Sponsor: University of Minnesota 

Funding Amount: $979,082

Project Cycle: 3

Biomass Crop Management for Sustainable Harvests (Milestone Reports 11-17)

Project Goals: To provide biomass fuel stock suppliers with accurate guidelines for management of biomass removal and maintenance of soil quality.

Project Type: Research and Development 

Sponsor: University of Minnesota 

Funding Amount: $979,082

Project Cycle: 3

Diamond K Dairy Digester

Project Goals: Install an anaerobic digestion system at Diamond K and Greden's Ponderosa Dairy in Winona County, Minnesota, with a total capacity of 261 kilowatts and capability of generating approximately 2,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.

Project Type: Energy Production 

Sponsor: RCM Digesters, Inc. 

Funding Amount: $936,530

Project Cycle: 2

Gasification to Convert Biomass to CHP

Project Goals: To prove the feasibility of biomass gasification (turkey manure and agricultural waste) in a commercial turkey farm setting to generate electricity and heat.

Project Type: Research and Development 

Sponsor: Coaltec Energy USA 

Funding Amount: $1,000,000

Project Cycle: 3

Indirect Liquefaction of Wood Waste for Remote Power Generation Fuel

Project Goal: To demonstrate the performance of a mobile integrated indirect wet biomass (wood waste) liquefaction system gasifier at one-fourth commercial scale.

Project Type: Research and  Development

Funding Amount: $999,065

Sponsor: University of North Dakota 

Project Cycle: 3

Loss of Mains Detection

Project Goals: This project will focus on developing technologies for loss-of-mains detection based on two methods:

  • Power system harmonic signature; and
  • Synchrophasor data transmitted by utility broadband communications.

Loss-of-mains detection is a significant problem for small-distributed generators, such as small wind power and solar photovoltaic systems. The goal is to develop new technologies that can reduce total energy costs and enable distributed generators to assume more of a grid-system support role.

Project Type: Research and Development 

Energy Source: All 

Sponsor: Northern Plains Technologies

Funding Amount: $493,608

Project Cycle: 3

Lowering Biomass Feedstock Costs

Project Goals: To develop an efficient system for the production, pre-processing and delivery of biomass feedstocks for energy production that minimizes feedstock cost for energy facilities, while maximizing landowner income and the environmental benefits of biomass production.

Project Type: Research and Development 

Sponsor: University of Minnesota 

Funding Amount: $992,989

Project Cycle: 3

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