The counter-current pretreatment and digestion system was constructed on a dairy farm in Central Texas and operated for several months to determine the effectiveness of on-site conversion. The system consists of five plastic barrels that serve as both pretreatment and fermentation reactors. The setup is configured with a series of pumps to transport liquids from barrel to barrel enabling the counter-current fermentation system. The application of a percolation system for solid state conversion of particulate biomass is being investigated using chipped yard waste as a model substrate. The percolation experiment is carried out in a 6 foot plastic column reactor that is capable of performing both the pretreatment and fermentation steps. Initial conversion results for both the counter current and percolation systems are presented.
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