In 2008, quasar relocated its Engineering & Laboratory offices to The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus in Wooster, Ohio, to collaborate with the largest university agbioscience research center in the nation. This partnership combines agricultural and biological research to develop an emerging American industry. The location allows quasar’s laboratory to benetit from the knowledge of the distinguished faculty and students performing research in the fields of agriculture and environmental science. quasar's lab is managed by Dr. Xumeng Ge, formerly of The Ohio State University.
25 Gallon Pilot Scale Digesters:
Our laboratory is home to eight 25 gallon pilot scale digesters which simulate the performance of the full scale facilities. The compact digesters are also used to stress test the contained system to identify potential issues with biomass such as composition and gas-production performance. Tests done on the substrates determine the levels of active substrate, composition and volume of gas in each digester.
The analytical laboratory is capable of evaluating biomass substrates and gases using a variety of instruments on site. Determination of C (carbon), N (nitrogen), VFA/TIC ratios, free ammonia, % total solids and % volatile solids, and other standard measurements are routinely performed on biomass and digester substrates.