Agriculture Feedstock: Determining Quantities

Renewable energy systems based on biomass feedstocks need abundant supplies not only to maintain the physical facility with enough material to process, but also enough excess feedstock to ensure that there is a healthy competition among suppliers to keep prices competitive.  Plants that can utilize more than one kind of agriculture feedstock enjoy the advantage…

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Biomass Feedstock Contracting

Biomass feedstock contacting, to determine feedstock availability and reliability, is an essential component of any system of renewable energy production.  A key to success in this component of the operation is knowing the essentials of forward contracting and hedging of the biomass feedstock so that material is continually available and ready to use.  Contracting for…

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Feedstock Evaluation & Risk Analysis

As feedstock is the single largest expense in any biofuels operation, feedstock evaluation and the risks associated with the different feedstocks must be carefully delineated.   As opposed to other types of agricultural based operations, biofuels sees new feedstocks being constantly introduced to the  renewable energy market.  The risks, costs and benefits of each feedstock must…

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Biomass Energy Expert

The dictionary defines biomass energy as a renewable energy source from living or recently living plant and animal materials which can be used as fuel.  What does a biomass energy expert or biomass power expert do?  A biomass expert or consultant is someone with the education and experience in renewable organic materials, such as wood,…

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Energy Crop Expert

What is an energy crop expert? An energy crop expert is someone that understands the many complexities of those plants that are grown solely for producing energy as opposed to those grown for food or fiber. These crops come in many forms and varieties; energy cane, miscanthus, biomass sorghum and switchgrass are some of the…

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Biomass Sourcing, Storage, and Preparation

Many biomass-based projects show that problems frequently occur due to over-simplified assumptions as to the sources, delivering quality and quantity, storage and reclaim requirements, and pre-processing of biomass to meet the process feedstock specifications.  If your region needs an alternative to landfilling and seeks not only recycling of the easy stuff – clean paper, plastics, and…

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Landfill Consultants

What do landfill consultants do? In 1986, there were 7,683 MSW landfills in the United States. By 2009, there were just 1,908 active MSW landfills nationwide: a 75 percent decline in disposal facilities in less than 25 years.[15] However, this number is deceptive. Much of the decrease is due to the consolidation of multiple landfills…

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Due Diligence in Securing Renewable Feedstocks

Due diligence is an important step for securing feedstock in any type of renewable fuels or renewable chemicals matter.  While due diligence experts in renewable fuels and renewable chemicals projects certainly have a wide variety of functions, the selection, and procurement of feedstock are normally early and high on the list.  This is especially true…

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