30-40% increase in Plantation Production
Biofuel Feedstock crops provide the source of raw materials used in the production of biofuels. Seed and other plant oils serve as the feedstock for biodiesel while starch in seeds or cellulose in stems can serve as the feedstock for ethanol.
Feedstock crops also produce valuable by-products that can be used in animal feed or as bio-pesticides, soil amendments or other products. The crops themselves may also serve as potent agents of pest control.
The oil is extracted from the seed by crushing using a cold-press or by expeller-pressing followed by solvent extraction.
The meal remaining after oil extraction, if edible (low glucosinolates), is a high- protein source of livestock feed. The meal can also be usedasa soilamendment,andasabio-pesticide.
Biofuel Feedstock Fact or Fiction:
More energy is required to produce feedstock crops than can be harvested – Fiction, if agriculture was not energetically efficient we’d still be a hunter-gatherer culture.
Farmland should not be devoted to energy production since its needed for food production – Fiction, millions of US farm land acres (3 million acres in the PNW) have been taken out of production to reduce food oversupply.
Energy crops are not environmentally sustainable – Fiction, biofuel crops can benefit the soil and producing locally-grown, renewable fuel is sustainable.
Biofuel production increases food prices – Fiction, multiple studies have shown that is not true.
Logistics of biomass production
For any proposed use of biomass a Life Cycle Analysis needs to be applied taking into account the total cost and energy balance from the source of the feedstock to its end use. The overall economic, environmental and energy cost of collection, handling, processing and transport needs to be assessed. At local level, planning issues, traffic movements and industrial development policies need to be taken into account. Generally, it is a benefit to develop a biofuel plant close to the point of feedstock production. However this has to be balanced against economies of scale of the biofuel production facility.
Global Leaf Energy Corp., (GLE) with its partners, is able to offer a range of services to existing plantations that are not achieving optimal production yields.
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