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Advanced Trailer adds second university to research biomass drying, storage, handling

Posted October 6, 2009, at 7:15 a.m. CST

Advanced Trailer adds second university to research biomass drying, storage, handling

Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill announced Oct. 5 he has selected Iowa State University as the recipient of a grant to study the use of his patent pending
Advanced Trailer to remove moisture from another potential biomass source, corn residue.

"The goal of this grant is to explore the possibility of the Advanced Trailer for drying freshly harvested cobs and corn stover," Hill said in making the announcement. "This grant will provide research funding, along with the use of two Advanced Drying Trailers and a dryer during this year's corn harvest. The research will measure load weight, load depth, propane and or natural gas consumption, electrical energy use, ambient temperature and relative humidity, drying air temperature, and airflow rate. We believe this testing will conclusively demonstrate that the Advanced Trailer for biomass is the key to drying and transporting corn residue that can help fuel biomass."

In April, the University of Idaho was selected as the recipient of a grant along with the use of an Advanced Trailer for Biomass to use in the university's steam boiler plant. In September, Hill announced that the University of Idaho has successfully dried seven loaded trailers with woody biomass material.

SOURCE: APT ADVANCED TRAILER & EQUIPMENT
 

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