White House Report on Decarbonization Highlights Benefits of Diverse Biomass Applications
In pursuit of a carbon-clean energy future for communities and industries, the diverse byproducts and applications of biomass processing will contribute crucial benefits.
Among Team Gemini’s primary technology offerings are the variety of products and solutions related to bio-refineries. These options allow communities and industries to process biomass in the most economically- and environmentally-beneficial ways throughout the entire processing chain—from pre-treatment to post-treatment.
The goal is to establish a closed-loop, 100% sustainable infrastructure in which harmful elements of biomass (like excess nutrients that can cause dangerous algal blooms if left unchecked) are closely controlled and mitigated, and benefits (like electricity and thermal energy generation, biofuels, as well as options for a variety of value-added byproducts like fertilizer and compost) are maximized. Many examples demonstrate the need to implement a holistic approach to biomass processing beyond anaerobic digestion itself, and Team Gemini offers comprehensive options for doing so.
The White House has released a report on mid-century decarbonization goals for the country’s energy sector—biofuels and bioenergy play significant roles in meeting ambitious goals.
Within the report, the White House notes a significant portion of the document is devoted to actions needed in the land sector, including the development of carbon-beneficial forms of biomass and negative emissions technologies because they have not received as much in-depth treatment elsewhere. Biomass is seen as playing a particularly important role in energy uses that are difficult to electrify, such as aviation, long-haul trucking, and heat production in certain industrial sectors.
[C]hanges can be made ecologically and economically feasible by focusing on opportunities to deliver multiple products and services on the same acre, including agroforestry, precision agriculture, and bioenergy crop-pasture rotational strategies. For example, in Iowa alone, an estimated 27 percent of cropland, or 7 million acres, may not be profitable in commodity crop production but could be well-suited to perennial grasses or agroforestry (Brandes et al. 2016). Focusing nationally on such areas could minimize land use competition and help increase rural landowner incomes while delivering environmental benefits like improved soil health and reduced nutrient runoff.
The report addresses several other factors related to the production of biomass and its use in several sectors. It also outlines several specific possible scenarios for the nation’s energy future. A fully copy of the report can be downloaded from the White House website.
To engage in these opportunities, Team Gemini offers a suite of products related to industry-leading UDR anaerobic digestion plants, including the small-scale MonoTube. 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.
With team members providing innovative Bio-Ethanol plants, Feedstock Pre-Treatment and Digestate-effluent Post-Treatment technologies, UDR Anaerobic Digesters, highly efficient CHP units, Wastewater Treatment plants, Pelletizing plants, and more, Team Gemini offers a complete solution set for a variety of commodity-intensive industries.
Design and development are also integral in establishing economic viability, as various cost factors, technology configurations and applications, and other details vary from project to project. Team Gemini is part of this process, and making sure that all requirements are met and implemented for clients to most effectively apply sustainability measures in their operations.
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