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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF AN IN SITU-NON-INTRUSIVE, REAL-TIME FUEL-VALUE ESTIMATOR OF FEEDLOT BIOSOLIDS
2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To apply sub-surface electromagnetic soil conductivity methods combined with other remote-sensing technologies to identify suitable feedlot bio-solids for direct combustion.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Texas Agri-Life Research-Amarillo will provide extensive knowledge of combustion processes and properties related to cattle feedlot bio-solids as a fuel. Furthermore, Texas Agri-Life Research will coordinate with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association to facilitate access to commercial feedlots in the Texas Panhandle for sub-surface surveys, feedlot soil samples, and feedlot management information. Soil samples will be analyzed for combustion properties and chemical constituents by USDA-ARS and Texas AgriLife Research. Models relating soil sample constituents and combustion processes will be refined by Texas AgriLife Research and USDA-ARS scientists. Additional model development for attributes of the feedlot surface, such as depth of bio-solids accumulation, will be developed by Texas AgriLife Research and USDA-ARS scientists.


3.Progress Report:

ARS scientists at Clay Center, Nebraska teamed with Texas AgriLife Extension and Research Center to develop an approach for energy recovery from manure on feedlot surfaces. ARS scientists refined technologies for identifying zones on the feedlot surface with recoverable energy. Texas A&M developed processes that enable the effective combustion of beef manure as a fuel during coal-fired energy generation. The Office of Technology Commercialization at Texas A&M University was seeking to apply for a patent for this combined system. However, a diligent search for commercial support did not succeed in identifying commercial partners. As a result, this project has been brought to closure.


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