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MicroChem Technologies' current project, "High Efficiency Gasification of Wood for Integrated Production of Hydrogen, Power, Wood Pellets and Activated Carbon," officially commenced with laboratory operation in January 2011 to perform the proof-of-concept for the Pyroxy Process. This has been funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program under Grant No. 047320. [Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of MicroChem and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.]

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Past projects include:

River Valley Growth Council, Rumford, Maine, USA: MicroChem Technologies performed a market study evaluating options that could utilize the forest resource in Maine to create companies to develop a new suite of bioproducts. The goal was to identify development paths that could lead to a significant growth in jobs in the area. The study identified heating oil replacement as the major market opportunity, and developed a plan for creating a bioenergy industry to serve the northeastern United States. The final report is available upon request.


Leadville Institute of Science & Technology, Leadville, Colorado: MicroChem Technologies performed a feasibility study to define a biomass conversion process that used local biomass resources to improve the environment while addressing energy needs. Forest thinnings are converted into products that could be the basis of energy and environmental services, such as forest and water quality restoration projects surrounding Leadville. The emphasis has been on the development of adsorbents for acid mine drainage. The site evaluation is a model for the rural western United States, where the threat of wildfires is significant.


Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Sri Lanka: MicroChem Technologies performed an assessment of an energy village concept in Sri Lanka. The project evaluated the use of gliricidia, a nitrogen-fixing tree, which improves soil quality, and hybrid grasses. These were used for the coproduction of biofuels and dairy feed. This concept has high potential for application in other areas in the tropics where high temperature and rainfall lead to low soil fertility.


Enviro-Tech Enterprises Inc., Charlotte North Carolina, USA: MicroChem Technologies supported this tech transfer company in the development of community energy concepts that focused on turning waste into fuel. This included the use of wastes for the production of heat, power, and fuels at water treatment plants throughout the United States. Biosolids management is emphasized in this approach, and large, confined animal operations, such as modern dairy farms, were also studied. Enviro-Tech Enterprise’s model was to develop public-private partnerships for these efforts in many regions of the United States, with emphasis on North Carolina and California during the definition phase of the project.<



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