The Industrial Revolution gave birth to liberation by fossil fuel:
•Illumination - the ability to stay up beyond
sunset and be more productive
•Manufacturing - the power to create industries
•Transportation - the
opportunity to hop a train and expand your horizons.
This instrumental transformation that fossil fuels brought however, were
not without their costs. Before fossil fuels, we lived on what economic
historian Edward Wrigley called “the organic economy”.
The Tipping Point
Todays revolution is different. Fossil fuels need help and our natural
resources need to be put back in balance. Oil prices are stressing our economy
and every family can feel it. Corn is being stretched in every direction and it
makes a difference to each farmer. Pollution is overwhelming and our health is
We have fallen into energy and food economies that have led to over-use and
external dependency. Upending this system overnight would bring us to a
national standstill. As a nation, we are at a critical tipping point. To topple
this reliance will take a resourceful and managed approach. Pellet Technology USA knows that without the support of the American farmer, the full potential of this recovery will never be achieved.
Ending Energy Dependence
Biomass energy has ancient roots. The logs in your fire are biomass. But
today, biomass means all things organic that can create energy sustainably. At
Pellet Technology, we are on the leading edge of discovery in this biomass
economy helping to lead the way out of the food and fuel crisis.
The byproducts of the world can feed and fuel the Ag Industry and in turn,
you and I.
The Food for Fuel Debate
Energy and food were made to have a complementary relationship with each
other. Due to geographics, economics, politics, nutrition and other competing
factors, some sources get more pressure on them than others. What this pressure
does is takes those relationships and makes them toxic and
A prime example of this pressure is corn. The USA has an abundance of corn.
It has more corn than any other nation. But corn is being squeezed beyond its
limits. The food and fuel industries are competing for corn in order to solve
two major problems: the reliance on foreign oil and a growing population with
greater food supply needs. Should America grow corn for food or fuel?
A current problem the USA is facing that affects both food and fuel industries
is more than 60% of the Drymill Ethanol facilities are:
·Undergoing major technological changes
·Facing regulatory instability
·and the byproducts, Dried Distillers Grains with
Solubles (DDGS), are now changing
This means that structure and pricing are not fixed but due to pollution
concerns, the industry is here to stay for a long time. This also means that the change in byproducts
brings a lack of market availability in feed rations. The lack in feed rations hurts the farming and livestock industries and has the potential to cause a domino effect onto other key industries if not recognized as a problem and responded to.
So what are we to do?
So what is our plan at Pellet Technology? Pellet Technology does what no
one else wants to do. What is hard.
What is meant by doing what is “hard” isn’t figurative. Pellet Technology USA’s core business is particle sizing and densification. The biomass of the earth we specialize in is typically light, airy and would be normally set aside as waste. Instead with the help of our Ag community we harvest and create pellets that can be used in multiple industrial applications.
Fortunately through the fabric of a great team and some providentially
guided experiments along the way, Pellet Technology USA has succeeded in many
of its efforts and came up with a process to resourcefully guide us back to the
complementary approach intended for our food and fuel.
The Bridge Between Two Industries
One of the things corn farmers have noticed lately is how much more field
waste they accumulate on their land. They have seen how waste from good yields
will get to a point where the waste will inhibit yields or cause excess work to
get rid of it. The issue of excess field
waste is only projected to grow according to multiple agricultural studies. With our farmers increasing efforts to keep up with a growing populations food demands, we've actually restricted mother natures ability to break down the biomass that crops are producing.
Pellet Technology USA has created a solution for
the accumulation and a use for this waste that helps both the feed and fuel
Bringing Balance Back to Corn
The crop residue we’re focusing on is corn stover. Since a
large infrastructure for corn is already in place, it makes sense to use the
biomass that’s being underutilized from this key crop. Pellet Technology USA
has discovered a way to help farmers, bring balance back to our agriculture and
create a viable biomass resource through our PowerPellets and PowerFeedPellets.
Our patent pending process allows for - Farmers to focus on their corn grain harvest, Ethanol Plants to increase the value of their new DDGS byproduct, and creates a commodity from a waste product.
Pellet Technology USA forms a complimentary relationship
with farmers to manage and create value from the over-abundance of corn stover.
Helping Our Farmers, Helping Each Other
As of today, there is no faster, more cost-effective path to meaningful environmental results than by harvesting and utilizing the abundance of corn stover available right here in the USA. Wind investment only makes sense in niche markets and the best wind farm sites are claimed. Solar is too incremental. Biomass is much more economically sustainable and now has been proven.
The problem remains, Pellet Technology USA cannot do it alone. We need the farming communities support in order to make this work economically, environmentally and together as a team. But not all farms will qualify to join the Pellet Technology USA team. Sustainability of stover, soil and a focus on our crops is a must. In order to maintain that, a rigid set of standards has been put into place for participating farmers. Pellet Technology USA is committed to making stover a sustainable resource free from political or environmental controversy. In order to do that, sustainable harvesting is just as important as economic development in the Pellet Technology USA business model.
So how does the Pellet Technology Stover Harvesting Program help the farmer? It’s easy.
Here’s just a short list:
· Less stover means you can make 1-2 fewer tillage passes
· Reduced tillage requires less labor and machinery
· Reduced tillage will increase soil health
· Better grain health contributes to optimized ecology
· Warmer soil means earlier planting to maximize yields
· Modify your crop rotation to maximize productivity
· Make narrower rows to increase yields
· Turn a farming cost center into a value center
· Open your gate, we all the work or harvest your own stover and we will contract it
experimentation Pellet Technology USA has designed a patent pending process to
consistently create stover pellets that can be used for multiple applications.
Our fine-tuning of the densification process has been engineered over multiple iterations
taking into consideration high-compression, low horsepower, maximum throughput,
increased longevity and reduced flow restrictions. All these in-turn decrease
energy inputs and maximize product outputs.
Because of this, Pellet Technology USA has been
able to design and test a turnkey engineering package for a 200,000 ton per
year pellet facility in Gretna. The
Gretna facility will be expanded to meet a 4 ton/hour process rate and utilized
as an R&D facility to determine the specific system requirements for future
clients. It will operate as our
Commercial Demonstration Facility headquarters.
Your Fields in The NExt Generation
Some Nebraska corn farmers may rely mostly on futures contracts to hedge against
the rainy days they see on the horizon. Others may invest a portion of their
farm income in better equipment and supplies to protect their harvest. Even
others will rally up the family and work hard to make sure what does produce
All these methods of sustaining your crops and future are good. Pellet
Technology USA just provides one more. If your farm is looking for an extra
hedge against the pressure that is on corn, could use an additional income or is interested in contributing to your local economy, give Pellet Technology USA a call.
One generation can alter a populations course, two generations can pave a
new and brighter path.
Over the years I've seen our population increase as our food supplies have dwindled. It's one of my goals through Pellet Technology USA to build a sustainable bridge from the farmer to the feed market and any other markets in-between.