WHAT AN AG ENERGY SYSTEM CAN DO FOR YOU
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Farmers are in the business of feeding the world, an undertaking that is not easy nor always profitable. Ag Energy began with the farmer in mind - and the farmer remains at the core of our product. Our idea for the Integrated Biomass Platform (IBP) started with managing tillage costs for the farmer, generating new revenue streams, and keeping more cash on the farm in the form of energy savings.
Energy is the largest operational cost on a farm. As yields have increased, field residues have also increased exponentially within the last decade. This comes with burgeoning costs as farmers often must pulverize residues into the ground with multiple tillage passes and apply fertilizers to decompose the remaining biomass.
We at Ag Energy have spent nearly five years developing our solution which removes only excess residues from the field in order produce onsite power, electricity sales to the grid, diesel fuel displacement in heavy equipment, and much more. The IBP produces activated biochar as its main byproduct. Biochar can be applied to fields and has been shown to have many beneficial properties, including improving yields and reversing soil acidification. It can also be sold for a profit, which Ag Energy makes easy through our marketing and distribution services.
Entrepreneurs looking to expand their business and establish a new revenue stream can benefit from becoming part of our network of small-scale producers. Business owners can install either single or multiple Integrated Biomass Platforms (IBPs) that continually process biomass into energy and activated biochar.
For businesses such as sawmills or paper mills, this biomass already exists in the form of processing residues, and using an IBP may avoid waste disposal and transportation costs. With an IBP, it is also possible to offset power costs or diesel fuel consumption in energy-intensive operations using one of our output modules.
Other entrepreneurs may simply wish to build a business around the production and sale of syngas and biochar. We provide all sales and marketing support required to bring the end-products to market, and partner with our clients to make sure their systems yield a favorable rate of return.
Our multi-unit systems have a payback period of between 3 and 5 years - based on a standard four-unit system and depending upon the operator's desired output - and this period may shorten depending on the availability of lower-cost feedstock. Our representatives are happy to speak with clients interested in learning more about how an IBP could fit into their particular operation.
State-supported institutions, such as universities, have an unfunded mandate to reduce their carbon emissions 15% by the year 2020. The single largest source of emissions on a college campus is often electricity consumption, followed by natural gas combustion for central heating. The Integrated Biomass Platform (IBP) has the potential to provide for both heating and electricity needs, thereby meeting the mandate through a supply of local biomass.
The IBP accepts numerous feedstocks to take advantage of the lowest per ton price and transportation costs. Not only wood chips, but notably straw residue, weeds, and corn stover - and soon dairy manure and grape pomace - are also accepted. Ag Energy provides the engineering support to customize your site to accommodate feedstocks available in your area.
We are currently developing an institution-scale system suitable for meeting part or all of your energy needs on site. For those located within 100 miles of our existing clients, we also offer the option of having combustible syngas trucked from off site to your institution.
Rural development is of great concern to agricultural communities across the US. Small communities are on the decline as rural jobs become increasingly scarce, leading to a migration away from rural areas. It is the belief of Ag Energy that we can help these communities become stronger. This is why Ag Energy offers a community-scale biomass processing plant that will help grow business opportunities for the next generation.
These community-owned processing plants, consisting of multiple Integrated Biomass Platforms (IBPs), will purchase biomass from local farmers and benefit from the sale of byproducts:
- At the community level, this provides an opportunity for the development of local companies to bale, stack, and tarp straw and other biomass.
- It creates the potential to form businesses that package and sell biochar.
- Communities can use syngas to provide heat and power to schools and other public buildings. Excess fuel can be sold to local residences.
- Communities may find outsourcing the operation and maintenance of Ag Energy's IBP is best for them. This creates another business opportunity of providing that service.
With each new business formed, a labor pool is needed. This creates opportunities for the next generation to find employment locally, leading to community growth, and community vitality.