Project Spotlight. Poutry Waste to Fuel

Poultry Waste and Biomass to Fuel

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Foster Agblevor, a USTAR researcher within the Synthetic Bio-Manufacturing Center is committed to finding ways to dispose of waste before it creates a problem.

Agblevor has invented a pyrolysis reactor to creates three products from bio-mass waste. One, a producer gas is generated in the chemical process and is used to power the pyrolysis reactor; the unit is self contained—more bio-mass becomes more fuel to convert more bio-mass. Two, bio-oil is produced from the bio-mass pyrolysis that can be refined into gasoline and other fuels. Three, charcoal encapsulates the remaining chemical compounds, like phosphorus, potassium, into a fertilizer tablet.

Agblevor is interested in finding solutions to problems—from pollution to the rising cost of crude oil.

"Agblevor’s research fits well within two of USU’s USTAR focus areas—biofuels and synthetic biomanufacturing. Bio-crude oil from Agblevor’s catalytic pyrolysis reactor can be used in the manufacture of bio-plastics—a focus area within the USTAR Synthetic BioManufacturing Center."

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Currently crude oil costs nearly $100 a barrel; the results are gas prices well above $3 per gallon. Agblevor’s solution is bio-crude oil created from organic material—grasses, trees and even algae.

Agblevor is in the beginning stages of developing a technology that would process algae suspended in water and turn it into bio-crude oil.