Thermal Energy Handbooks Provide Guidelines for Utilizing Woody Biomass for Community Benefits
Wood manufacturing and related industries stand to benefit from integration of renewable energy and other technologies, helping optimize electricity and thermal energy provisions.
As highlighted in our recent article about benefits to rural communities, feedstocks like wood provide opportunities for advantageous biomass processing. Team Gemini works with a variety of technology providers to optimize infrastructure and utilization of these inputs—the fewer resources one needs to maintain a variety of energy needs, the better impacts one can achieve on the Triple Bottom Line.
Jeff Serfass, Executive Director of BTEC [Biomass Thermal Energy Council], stated that “Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing,” Volume 4 of the Community Biomass Handbook, highlights the importance of collaboration in developing sustainable wood products businesses, especially with forest owners and land managers. In instances where a stand-alone wood energy system is not viable, this publication provides alternatives in creating other wood-based revenue streams to structure projects to benefit from existing and future markets.
Along with these handbooks, an online Wood Energy Financial Calculator offers preliminary economic assessments of potential projects.
Use this Wood Energy Financial Calculator to quickly evaluate the financial viability of your wood heating project. The project calculator can help your screen ideas, compare results, and answer initial project development questions about proven technologies for your community or business.
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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