Biostar Systems LLC Collaborates with Midwest Research Institute to Convert Biowaste to Biogas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Midwest Research Institute (MRI), one of the nation’s leading independent engineering and research organizations, with more than 65-years of experience in scientific/engineering technical services, was chosen by BioStar Systems, LLC, a Kansas-City based alternative energy company, to provide research support to BioStar’s business model, the conversion of animal waste to energy.

A pilot scale Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system was commissioned operational today by seeding the main reactor vessel with biological material from another similar AD system. Through the AD process organic waste will be converted to a methane gas stream and liquid stream that has applications as an organic fertilizer. The primary waste feedstock of interest will be chicken litter from regional egg farms. The resultant methane gas can be used for local heat and power or upgraded to pipeline quality natural gas (NG) and injected into NG pipelines. The liquid stream contains some undigested solids and water, both having significant nitrogen and other plant nutrient content. MRI will operate the digestion system utilizing waste feedstocks from potential sites for BioStar’s commercial facilities. The process will be optimized with the specific waste sources and product streams measured for both quantity and quality. The data will then be compiled to determine waste to energy efficiencies. BioStar Systems will use the research data to further their bioenergy business initiatives.

Bill Love, CEO BioStar Systems, LLC, is optimistic about the program, stating, “We look forward to a partnership with MRI assisting us in evaluating various waste streams and technology enhancements. Given MRI’s research expertise and their extensive background in energy and agronomy, we are confident MRI is the right partner to jointly develop and evaluate new technologies.”

The project will take place near Butler, Mo., at MRI’s 160-acre Research Farm using MRI’s newly-installed, 1,200- gallon, thermophilic anaerobic digester. The system is a semi-automated, pilot scale design based on the commercial scale design being developed by BioStar. The project goal is to optimize production and generate data using actual waste streams that will directly translate to commercial scale facilities.

“Though waste-to-energy programs are not new, they have become increasingly more important as the nation seeks new sources of energy,” said MRI Senior Vice President and Director of Research Operations Thomas M. Sack, Ph.D. “MRI is eager to be the ’research wing’ for BioStar Systems and continue to expand our bioenergy portfolio.”

About Midwest Research Institute

Midwest Research Institute (MRI), a not-for-profit scientific/engineering organization with nearly 2,800 employees under management nationwide, performs scientific research and engineering technical services for clients in government, industry, and academia. Established in 1944, MRI conducts technical services in the areas of national security and defense, energy and environment, life sciences, food and agriculture, and transportation safety. With headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., MRI also has operations in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

MRI is a partner in and chair of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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About BioStar Systems LLC

BioStar Systems, LLC, is a Kansas City-based biotechnology firm focused on alternative renewable energy, organic waste management and organic fertilizers. The firm is emerging as a leader in converting farm waste to green energy and environmentally friendly organic fertilizer. The foundation of BioStar's technology is anaerobic digestion, an ages-old process, scientifically refined to accelerate the natural decomposition of organic materials. It is a reliable, efficient method for breaking down farm waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in addition to producing economic benefit.

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