Pilot pellet mill opens at Georgia Southern

By Staff | April 02, 2013

Georgia Southern University’s Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has opened the first fully-integrated pilot pellet mill in the U.S. With nearly $2 million invested in process equipment, the facility will provide a platform for innovation in process technology and pellet design in the U.S.

Herty will work with technology providers and developers to help validate a number of product development projects. The team will also support researchers working to enhance pellet design and development methods for lowering operating costs.

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, annual global pellet imports have grown to more than $1.5 billion during the past decade, however, research into improving the production of pellets, as well as optimizing pellet operation and composition has lagged behind industry growth. With the new pilot facility, developers, manufacturers, and researchers will have access to a flexible, integrated production facility that can produce pellets with properties that are consistent with those achieved in large-scale commercial facilities.