Caribou Biofuels signs agreement with SUNY for rotary gasifier for biofuels

December 15, 2019 |

In New York, Caribou Biofuels, a company that develops hardware and systems to process biomass, entered into an agreement with the Research Foundation for SUNY, on behalf of SUNY Cobleskill, to develop and commercialize a rotary gasifier that turns combustible waste into biofuel and a soil supplement.

The patent-pending technology was invented at SUNY Cobleskill by Professor David Waage. The initial research was funded by a joint Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Defense (DOD) program. In 2019, SUNY Cobleskill received a $1.6 million grant from the two agencies to build and demonstrate a fully automated, portable rotary gasifier waste-to-energy system at a domestic military base. A key advantage of Waage’s technology is that it is mobile and can be deployed at the site of the biomass.

Thanks to a series of technical innovations, this gasifier is cleaner, more efficient, and more convenient than its predecessors. From almost any combustible material it produces both gaseous and liquid fuels that are significantly higher energy content than other similar gasification technologies. The fuels burn markedly cleaner than fossil fuels, while reducing overall carbon emissions. The machine built at SUNY Cobleskill can produce 60 kilowatts of power a day from approximately two tons of feedstock, enough to power about 50 standard American homes.

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