The Compelling Case for Renewable Energy
WoodFuel.com is excited about the future of the
global Renewable Energy Industry. We strongly
believe that the various renewable energy technologies
will be able to work together to -
(i) reduce national and global dependence on traditional
fossil fuels, and
(ii) provide a significant, positive impact on
By employing a variety of proven renewable-energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and BIOMASS energy
production, the United States can reach energy SUSTAINABILITY while significantly minimizing adverse affects on the environment. A
Domestic Energy Policy that strongly encourages the use of renewable energy
technologies will -
(i) significantly reduce the future threat to our national
security created by fossil fuel dependence,
(ii) provide global leadership for
energy sustainability, and
(iii) provide a disproportionate improvement to the
As the price of fossil fuels increases and the United
States’ dependency on foreign oil imports becomes a growing NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE, there is no
better time to focus on the value of renewable energy. Renewable energy industries boast
abundant, environmentally beneficial energy sources including solar, wind,
hydroelectric power, geothermal and BIOMASS
(including WOODFUEL). Energy systems
that utilize sources of fuel that are sustainable and renewable can operate in
perpetuity, free from political and geographical supply uncertainties and
without dependence on the global fossil fuel market.
the United States has spent more than a trillion dollars buying foreign
oil. Today, more than 50 percent of the
oil we use is imported and this growing reliance on foreign oil imports
threatens our national security and exports capital beyond our borders. As long
as the U.S. remains so heavily dependent on foreign oil, it will be vulnerable
to future oil price shocks and foreign conflicts that could disrupt oil
pipelines and international tanker traffic.
The total annual cost of fossil fuel dependency is staggering -
|Defending oil interests in the
||$ 25 billion
|Tax incentives and other fossil fuel government subsidies
|Annual damages from
fossil-fuel-induced air pollution
|Total annual cost
||$ 251 billion
focus is to locate, gather, manufacture and deliver a consistent supply of high
quality biomass to fulfill its buyers’ feedstock requirements.
This section (and
other sections of the site) include excerpts from John J. Berger’s book
“Charging Ahead”, copyright 1997
The Biomass Industry
WoodFuel.com is committed to providing quality biomass feedstock
to a diverse group of companies that utilize environmentally
beneficial technologies in order to generate clean
power and non-fossil fuel derivatives. Typical
biomass feedstocks in the United States currently
include wood material (bark, chips, scraps, and
saw dust), pulp and paper industry residues, agricultural
residues, organic municipal material, sewage,
manure, and food processing by-products.
been used for heating, lighting, and cooking since the early days of mankind.
Producing energy from biomass is the oldest known energy-conversion process and
over half the world’s population uses biomass to satisfy daily heating and
cooking requirements. Biomass supplies are abundant, secure, geographically
diverse, economical, sustainable and underutilized. Biomass combustion produces
clean energy when compared to
fossil fuel sources, and is considered carbon
neutral, meaning it does not add incremental greenhouse gases to the
earth’s atmosphere. Utilizing urban biomass sources for energy production reduces the dependence on landfill disposal
by approximately 15% and can decrease the practice of open burning which is a
major source of air pollution in many areas.
power plants provide 2,420 MW of base
load power to the national power grid, and an additional 5,035 MW of
power directly to industrial energy users without adding net new carbon
emissions to the environment. Biomass
power generation consumes more than 100 million tons of fuel per year,
virtually all of which is material or residue material that requires some form
of treatment and disposal.
Biomass – A Growth Industry
Domestically, it is estimated
that over $ 20 billion has been invested in the biomass industry, an industry
that provides 66,000 jobs. By the year
2020, the United States is projected to have 30,000 MW of biomass electric
capacity, employing 150,000 people.
Overall, about five percent of the US’ energy requirements now come from
biomass. Compare this to the worldwide
average of 15% percent, and 35%-38% in developing countries. Eighty percent of the nation’s biomass comes
from wood, with more than half of that total generated from “black liquor,” a
by-product of paper pulp manufacturing.
The Environmental Benefits of Biomass Energy
The utilization of biomass in
energy production has many positive effects on the environment, including -
Reduces the landfilling of wood
material. Wood material can occupy 15%
to 20% of the space in a typical county landfill, and its decomposition leads
to methane gas emissions, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Reduces the quantity of biomass material on
the forest floor thereby reducing the risk of destructive wildfires and the
gradual degradation of the forest ecosystem.
An alternative to open burning of biomass.
Air quality benefits:
Biomass combustion is a net zero producer of carbon.
Co-firing biomass with coal mixtures in
existing utility boilers is an attractive near term method to reduce carbon
dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides.
Gasification of biomass produces fewer
emissions than direct combustion.
Biomass is a feedstock for the manufacture
of ethanol and methanol, two renewable non-fossil transportation fuels that can
be easily integrated into existing fuel distribution networks. Ethyl and methyl alcohol derived from
biomass can power vehicles by direct combustion or by operating a fuel
cell. Both methods significantly reduce
harmful emissions when compared with fossil fuels.
Reduces the practice of open burning of
biomass residues that leads to poor air quality in many areas.
WoodFuel.com is committed to provide quality biomass
feedstock to a diverse group of companies that utilize environmentally
beneficial technologies in order to generate clean power and non-fossil fuel
WoodFuel.com can provide the feedstock for established wood
combustion systems as well as the latest gasification technologies.
Many successful and viable biomass technologies are
employed today. We are seeing a
continual and rapid improvement in the technologies being developed for the
utilization of biomass.
can provide the feedstock for the following specific uses -
WoodFuel.com’s Commitment to Buyers
WoodFuel.com is committed to providing high quality feedstocks to our buyers by -
consistent supply of high quality biomass.
Providing low moisture content
material that meets or exceeds our buyers’
expectations and requirements.
Providing reliable delivery services, including backhaul of forest industry by-products.
Expanding our global availability and use of biomass.
Providing improved purchasing efficiencies.
Providing current and informative content affecting the renewable energy industry.
buyers apprised of new regulatory legislation that will affect our