By Kelly Haigler Cornish

December 4, 2018


Thermosolv LLC, a Laramie start-up, is improving a method of converting garbage into fuel for existing power plants to augment the energy produced by coal. 

The resulting “Reengineered Feedstock” keeps waste out of landfills, while reducing power plant emissions. 

To further their research and development, the company has been awarded a $5,000 SBIR Phase 0 contract from the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative. 

“Special additives incorporated into the fuel capture harmful components, such as mercury,” said Anthony Richard, lead researcher on the project.  “Co-firing the municipal solid waste with coal provides the opportunity to help control emissions, while taking advantage of a material that would otherwise be disposed of as waste in our overburdened landfills.” 

“Because of the experience and expertise of the Thermosolv engineering team, they are equipped to move this technology from the development phase to commercialization,” said Kelly Haigler Cornish, program manager for the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative.  “The Phase 0 grant will assist Thermosolv to collect important preliminary data that will increase their competitive advantage to win the Department of Energy contract.” 

The Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative is sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council and administered by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. The mission of this partnership is to increase the number of federal Small Business Innovation Research awards received by Wyoming small businesses.

The program helps small businesses prepare proposals to compete for $2.5 billion in federal grants for Phase I (up to $150,000) and Phase II (up to $1 million) awards. Any Wyoming tech-based, for-profit small business or individual desiring to submit a Phase I proposal to any of the eleven participating federal SBIR agencies is eligible to apply for a WSSI Phase 0/00 award. For more information, visit, or email


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