The Department of Energy published an update on one of their successful projects within the Biomass Energy Technology Office’s (BETO) Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program Area. The Self Loading/Unloading Trailer designed and built by Kelderman Manufacturing is the featured topic. Its initial development was co-funded through a cooperative agreement with BETO. A modified trailer design is currently being produced to transport biomass supplies for Abengoa’s Cellulosic Biorefinery in Southwest Kansas.
“We are excited to announce that one of the technologies, the self-loading trailer, has been purchased by biofuel company Abengoa for use at its biorefinery. The Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas biorefinery uses corn stover to produce cellulosic ethanol. Abengoa plans to order 40 more of these trailers, which will help to streamline the moving of truckloads of baled corn husks, stalks, and leaves (the non-food parts of the plant, called corn stover) from the field and temporary storage sites to the biorefinery. The trailers were developed by Kelderman Manufacturing (Oskaloosa, Iowa) in partnership with BETO funding recipient, FDC Enterprises (Columbus, Ohio).” – Energy.gov
This trailer was designed to load, transport, and unload baled biomass feedstocks more efficiently than conventionally available equipment.
ANTARES was an active participant in the project that supported these developments. Our staff organized the project team, developed the proposed approach and strategy, led the proposal efforts, and led project management and reporting efforts under direction of FDC Enterprises, the prime contractor. Antares Group specifically worked with Kelderman Manufacturing, FDC Enterprises (the prime recipient for the DOE cooperative agreement), and other project team members to arrange demonstration activities and to monitor and record the trailer’s performance during development. Early demonstrations have indicated that these trailers could drastically reduce loading and unloading times, reduce the number of trailers and trucks required for hauling operations, and reduce the costs of delivering biomass feedstocks. Newer versions of the trailers are being tested and improved currently. The results of these tests will be included in the BALES Database that Antares Group is building. The trailer is highlighted along with other equipment innovations in this project summary video.
Innovation in the form of advanced equipment like these trailers is vital to a successful and sustainable bioenergy infrastructure, and we at Antares are proud to have had a hand in its success.