Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Validates Knowledge Base of Bio-Industry Feedstock Supplies
Drawing on previous industry reports like the Billion-Ton Update and others, a new summary supports availability of feedstock supplies for the bioenergy industry in the U.S.
Bioenergy is considered a lucrative element of biomass processing. Refining feedstock into a variety of resources is one of the primary technology pillars in Team Gemini’s portfolio of developments, because all communities are guaranteed to generate different types of organic waste and energy crops—having those waste and crops resources relegated to causing environmental problems misses significant opportunities in improving operating costs, creating high-value byproducts, and maintaining advantages of sustainability.
Quantifying the potential availability and economic output is invaluable in establishing economic viability to investors. To validate research conducted by a variety of public- and private-sector stakeholders, which includes the Billion-Ton Study, a recently-published regional feedstock partnership report helps make the case for strong biomass performance.
The Regional Feedstock Partnership—a collaboration of the U.S. DOE, USDA, land-grant universities and industry—published a report this month to summarize its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. The work of the partnership is to help quantify future biomass potential.
Validating this knowledge base is essential, the report emphasized, because significant investment is required to develop and expand bioenergy crops and agricultural residues to bring them to a commercial-scale market, and to build the necessary refineries and other facilities that will convert these crops into energy, fuel and other useful products. The summary report covers nine different energy crops within the five Sun Grant regions (Northeast, North Central, Southeast, South Central and West), and contains more than 400 scientific presentations and publications produced by the partnership.
In addition to underpinning the data found in the DOE’s billion-ton study, the partnership has supplied researchers with new data on energy crop yields for the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework, as well as BETO’s Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program.
For ongoing Team Gemini project developments, both small- and large-scale technologies are available. This includes a suite of products related to industry-leading UDR plants, including the small-scale MonoTube. If applied and used effectively, biomass resources can effectively supplement energy crops and make communities significantly more independent and sustainable in terms of decentralized energy supplies and waste processing. In addition, industry-leading companies like Clariant allow for use of crops in bioenergy production that do not compete with food supplies, and are produced through environmentally-sound processes.
Team Gemini treats biomass as a combined effort between waste processing (strictly organic and non-organic waste, cellulosic waste, and contaminated organic waste) and resource generation. Many technologies ultimately contribute to this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources, implementing sustainable agriculture, and maintaining proper methods of waste management.
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