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Testbeds

CASFER testbeds are mobile units (systems assembled in trailers, skid-mobile units) that integrate the technologies for the different thrusts, separations, catalysts, reactors, sensors, and control algorithms.

 

Mobile units enable transportation to points of interest, like farms near Texas Tech and FAMU, for crop testing. The units will also allow remote monitoring as well as video conferencing capabilities for training and support of EWD and DCI activities.

 

CASFER testbeds for different systems will be developed and are shown in the Table below.

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Testbeds

NBF Production from CAFOs

Leads

Siebecker, Mbuya

Location

Snyder, TX with Western Texas College and FAMU-BAERS farm, FL

Efficiency, integration of components, durability, quality of NBF (e.g., composition, pathogens analysis), determination of minimum viable product (MVP), compliance with regulations, safety protocols

Evaluation/Testing

Next Gen NBF (ammonia)

Leads

Malmali, Roman

Location

TTU and MIT

Storage, dispensing of NBF, efficiency, intermittent operation, distributed production, MVP, compliance with regulations, safety protocols

Testing/Evaluation

NBF Field Testing with Crops (Farms)

Leads

Lewis, Mbuya

Location

TTU-Research farm and FAMU-BAERS farm

Mobile testbeds (1) to (3) will be evaluated at farms with crops (corn and cotton) to assess nutrient availability and uptake, plant growth and development. Comparison of CASFER NBF with commercial fertilizers (synthetic and organic)

Location

NBF Production from WWTPs

Leads

Millerick, Abichou

Location

WWTP at Lubbock and Tallahassee

Efficiency, integration of components, durability, quality of NBF (e.g., composition, pathogens analysis), determination of MVP, compliance with regulations, safety protocols

Testing/Evaluation