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Greenbelt Resources: Why Small is the New BIG

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http://domesticfuel.com/2014/02/19/greenbelt-resources-why-small-is-the-new-big/

 

Greenbelt Resources: Why Small Is the New Big

...Greenbelt’s strategy is working with local communities to convert their waste to biofuels that are then used locally. And for a small community, a “small-scale,” system can range between 500,000 gallons per year (gpy) up to 2 million gpy.  In line with this thinking, under 2 million gpy ethanol modules could soon be the new “big-scale”. In other words, Greenbelt’s technology is the perfect example of “community energy,” or locally owned energy projects, and they can produce modules from 100,000 to 2 million gpy.

 

“Our model is for our technology to be used to locally recycle (or process) locally generated feedstocks (ideally waste materials) into products that can be consumed locally,” said Eng. Greenbelt’s target feedstock is waste material and their suite of products include ethanol, filtered water and fertilizer. “So our target market,” continued Eng, “is anyone generating an appropriate feedstock at quantities too small to make it worth transporting long distances but large enough to take advantage of one of our systems.”...

 

...The company provides a commercially viable, small scale, modular, energy efficient feedstock-to-product ethanol production system. The overall system is semi-automated with their distillation and dehydration modules fully automated, explained Eng. “The front-end (typically fermentation) module only requires a minimal amount of manual labor each day for feedstock input. Additionally, the load out of products requires some oversight if not manual handling in some instances,” he added...

 

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http://www.greenbeltresources.com/

 

THIS is exactly what we here have been talking about for years.  Small, modular facilities, situated on the site where waste is produced, refining this waste into a marketable product for immediate local distribution.  You could set up these plants in a network, centrally owned, managed and administered to help bring down costs, and to allow some economies of scale.

 

Set these up at breweries, distilleries, food processing plants, canneries...  Heck, you could possibly have one set up near landfill sites to have food waste processed from restaurants...  they could be PAYING you to take the feedstock...  more then paying for the trucks to collect and deliver it...  ALL sorts of possibilities. 

 

It will be neat to see how this gets moving and how quickly it is adopted.

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I think that could be a worthwhile plan to follow, set up basically a recycling center at factories and landfills to separate and collect what would work and not work for a bio-fuel and keep it local while hiring locals. Only extremests and oil companies would find fault with that.

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these are often the wastes that are taken to land fills, or sent into municipal sewage treatment facilities... so they not only cost money to dispose, but they also have a negative environmental impact. 

 

Use them to create biofuel...  then you have a positive economic impact (for the company producing the waste), positive environmental impact, as well as the positive job creation impact.

 

Would have to be a pretty serious Kool-aid drinking Ethanolphobe to find any fault with this.

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