Bob wants even marginal land to be productive, growing energy crops for advanced, sustainable biofuels. He wants food processors to get added value for their residues and waste. He wants to solve a logistics problem. Biomass is expensive to transport to a biorefinery.
Bob calls his idea Follow-the-Crop. Here's how it works. Using a low energy input process, biomass is broken down at the processing or harvest site into a liquid of sugars and solid protein-rich animal feed. The sugar solution can be transported by tanker truck or railroad tank cars to a refinery to be converted into ethanol, biojetfuel, renewable diesel, biogasoline or other hydrocarbon-based products like plastics.
Atlantic Biomass Conversions has applied for a patent for a new enzyme that works on sugar beet pulp using a proprietary process. With additional research, the process can be applied to energy crops like switgrass, miscanthus or sorghum; and to other agricultural residues like the orange peel and pulp left over from orange processing plants like the one pictured in the video. Check it out at www.AtlanticBiomassConversions.com