Written by: Tom Steever
April 4, 2016
The head of a Midwest biomass energy company will address an EPA workshop this week on how crop residue can be a revenue stream. Nancy Heimann, the president of Missouri-based Enginuity Worldwide which processes biomass into renewable fuel that can be blended with coal, was invited to speak at the workshop.
“The state of Missouri is unique in its diversity of agriculture, and that has forced us as a Missouri company to look at diverse feedstocks,” Heimann told Brownfield Ag News. “That’s a different view than most of the other folks in biomass, and I think that’s really why we were asked to be a part of it.”
Agriculture is producing more biomass than ever before, which, Heimann says, can benefit a farmer’s bottom line.
“Our focus is how can make use of the corn stover coming off of high-yield parcels,” said Heimann, “and if we can make use of that, that represents another revenue opportunity for farmers or for landowners.”
Heimann says the end product of processing crop residue into renewable fuel can keep coal-burning power plants producing longer.
“We essentially upgrade biomass so that its heat value is the same as Western coal,” said Heimann, who speaks at the workshop in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, “and we get as close as we can to the size and shape and the densities, so that it can be handled like coal and therefore seamless into the power generation units.”