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Western Biomass Presentation

  1. 1. A New Paradigm in Land Use<br />
  2. 2. FreeWays to Fuel Branches<br />Roadside Plots <br />Biomass Gasification<br />Urban Farming and Fuel<br />Military Land Utilization<br />
  3. 3. Project Objectives<br />Explore Non Traditional Agronomic Land Conditions <br />(roadsides, military, railroad, airports, municipal)<br />Investigate Economic and Environmental Viability<br />Evaluate Biomass Choices<br />
  4. 4. Background Information<br />Roadways ≈ 4 million miles <br />If 25% of area is used = 10 million acres<br />Railroads ≈ 140,000 miles of rights of way <br />If 75% of area is used = 1 million acres<br />Airports ≈ 19,820<br />If 100 acres/ airport = 2 million acres<br />Department of Defense owns 30 million acres of arable land in the United States<br />If 20% of areas are used ≈ 6 million acres<br />
  5. 5. Potential Benefits/Advantages<br />Decreases costs of maintenance<br />Aids in educating the public about renewable fuels<br />Increases biofuel production<br />Improved aesthetics<br />
  6. 6. Economic Cliff Notes<br />
  7. 7. Considerations on all of projects<br />Safety<br />Structural Integrity<br />Establishment and Harvesting<br />Economics<br />Wildlife Impacts<br />Ecology/Environmental Impacts<br />Water Quality<br />Grower Concerns<br />
  8. 8. Prior Research - F2F <br />
  9. 9. F2F Research Results 2007 -2008 Traditional Agronomic Techniques<br />Traditional no-till/dryland cropping<br />Less than acceptable yield results<br />
  10. 10. F2F Research ResultsModified Agronomic Techniques<br />Modified agronomic techniques<br />Yield was near break even economic point<br />
  11. 11. FreeWays to Fuel Alliance<br />Top Tier Universities<br />Washington State, Iowa State, Auburn, Michigan State, Montana State, North Carolina State, University of Idaho, SUNY – Cobbleskill, Penn State<br />Corporate <br />New Holland – tractor donation<br />Great Plains – equipment donation<br />Aerway Ag – aerator donation<br />Government<br />State Departments of Transportation<br />USDA, DOE, DOD Interests<br />State Energy Departments<br />
  12. 12. UBC Biomass Gasification<br />Plan to add 10 – 20 kw gasification plant in 2010 (portable)<br />Analyze biochar for agronomic <br />Utilize system as a educational platform<br />
  13. 13. Urban Farming and Fuel and FreeWays to Fuel<br />Non-traditional agronomic land<br />What crops<br />Flexibility of use - <br />&gt;10 acres vegetable and fruit crops<br />&lt; 10 acres utilization for biofuel feedstock production<br />
  14. 14. Initial UFF Site<br />200 acres south of SLC airport<br />Area harbors pests, dry, soils are questionable<br />Future WWT site <br />There are multiple sites around our county<br />
  15. 15. UFF Potential Benefits/Advantages<br />Decreases costs of maintenance<br />Aids in educating the public about renewable fuels<br />Increases biofuel production<br />Improved aesthetics <br />
  16. 16. Military Land Utilization <br />Technologies<br />Gasification<br />Cellulosic<br />Liquid Fuels<br />Groups of Interest<br />Army Corps of Engineers<br />Marines<br />Navy<br />Air Force Research Lab<br />
  17. 17. 2010 Outlook<br />F2F plots will be located in <br />Utah<br />Tennessee<br />Michigan<br />North Carolina<br />UFF plots<br />Utah<br />

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