CPFD Software (Houston, TX) announced that it has entered into a software licensing agreement with Simonpietri Enterprises LLC (Kailua, HI) to model gasification reactions to generate clean hydrogen fuel out of construction and demolition debris solid wastes.
This modeling will be accomplished as part of SEL’s waste gasification work under a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy competitive subrecipient agreement with the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), to demonstrate hydrogen production from high-volume construction and demolition wastes.
The research project is physically demonstrating industrial hydrogen production from fluidized-bed gasification of real-world construction and demolition debris at the EERC’s National Center for Hydrogen Technology™ gasification pilot laboratory. Experimental data from the research will be used by Simonpietri’s engineers in CPFD’s Barracuda Virtual Reactor model to simulate gas reactions and particle flows in a commercial reactor system to inform the design for Simonpietri’s Aloha Carbon plant under development in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Construction and demolition debris is the largest waste stream in the U.S.A. according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than twice the tonnage of municipal solid waste (trash) generated each year. Simonpietri Enterprises has developed a proprietary process to gasify C&D waste containing treated lumber and fire-retardant materials, while also sequestering the heavy metals from those wastes away from the gas to protect downstream hydrogen production catalysts.
About Simonpietri Enterprises LLC:
Simonpietri Enterprises LLC (SEL) develops innovative project solutions to re-use and recycle waste into sustainable products that reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for the agriculture, energy, and transportation sectors. Our mission is to implement sustainable systems that benefit local economies, communities, and ecosystems. SEL is developing the Aloha Carbon process and projects to manufacture hydrogen from construction and demolition debris and other urban organic wastes. For more information, visit www.simonpietri.com and www.alohacarbon.com
About the UND EERC:
The EERC is a global leader in researching and developing technologies that make the energy we use and produce more efficient and environmentally friendly. We work with clients to provide practical solutions to real-world challenges. Utilizing decades of energy research, we are a driving force for innovation and new opportunities in the energy industry.
About CPFD Software
CPFD Software (CPFD) is advancing multiphase simulation and technology. Our flagship product, Barracuda Virtual Reactor®, is a physics-based engineering software package that simulates the three-dimensional, transient, fluid-particle hydrodynamics, heat balance, and chemical reactions in industrial fluidized bed reactors and other fluid-particle systems.
Virtual Reactor™ enables researchers and engineers working with diverse sustainability, renewables, and decarbonization technologies to explore a broad range of ideas, reduce physical testing costs, and minimize development risk, all while accelerating commercialization, scale-up, and overall time to market. The simulation results provide an objective basis for effectively communicating technological merits to partners, customers, and investors, while increasing market exposure and bolstering patent applications. The Virtual Reactor technology can be accessed via software licensing, services, or custom collaborative arrangements.
Learn more about Barracuda Virtual Reactor for sustainability applications on our Clean Technologies and Renewables page here: https://cpfd-software.com/applications/clean-technologies/