Rural Communities Stand to Benefit from Environmental and Economic Impacts of Bioenergy
Forestry and other dry biomass resources can present significant rewards if treated properly, including mitigating risks associated with wildfires and more.
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 rural communities more often than not 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.
The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand renewable wood energy markets by providing technical assistance and grants to public and private sector partners through its Woody Biomass Utilization program. By supporting efforts to reuse the excess wood from forest thinnings, urban tree trimmings, and forest products manufacturing facilities as well as trees killed by fires, insects, disease, and hurricanes, the agency seeks to increase the amount of locally-produced energy while improving forest health and resilience.
After years of aggressive fire suppression, forests throughout the U.S. are overstocked with standing deadwood and small, easily ignitable twigs and ladder fuels that allow wildfires to spread quickly. Converting these fuels to energy helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and fosters healthier forests.
For related Team Gemini developments, both small- and large-scale technologies are available which are suitable for any rural communities. This includes a set of products related to industry-leading UDR plants, including the small-scale MonoTube.
If applied and used effectively, biomass resources can beneficially 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 and KAHL allow for processing of crops in bioenergy production that does not compete with food supplies, provides high-value add-on products like wood pellets, and is produced through environmentally-sound processes.
Team Gemini treats biomass as a joint effort between waste processing (strictly organic and non-organic waste, cellulosic waste, and contaminated organic waste) and resource generation. Many technologies ultimately impact this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources, employing sustainable agriculture, and implementing proper methods of waste management.
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