Cogent Energy Systems set for INL feedstock R&D partnership, funded thru Small Business Voucher program

May 7, 2017 |

In Virginia, Cogent Energy Systems was selected through a competitive application process to collaborate with the Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Through this project, INL will optimize feedstock preparation and handling for Cogent’s HelioStorm gasification system, which is designed for small scale waste-to-energy applications. This partnership is made possible through the U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Voucher (SBV) program, which facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses. This is Cogent’s second DOE-funded collaboration with INL. Further, Cogent holds licenses to several INL patents that undergird the company’s innovative gasifier technology.

Management says that “Cogent’s ultra-high temperature ionic gasification technology has proven to be capable of handling a wide variety of feedstocks with moisture content up to 50%, including municipal solid waste, biomass and bio-oil. ”

The SBV-funded project with the BFNUF will determine the best preparation and conditioning of feedstocks for everyday commercial applications. Ionic gasification is Cogent’s proprietary new process that involves the direct-contact processing of waste in an active plasma field at temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees Celsius, resulting in an extremely clean, high energy syngas that can be used to make many profitable products such as electricity, hydrogen, liquid fuels, or chemical precursors.

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