Montana is rich in biomass (especially woody waste such as small diameter trees, barks, needles, branches and cones) on private lands and state and national forests, which has historically been piled and burned in place. Or burned in wildfires. Bioroot Energy seeks to monetize the state’s abundance of biomass harvested from sorely needed thinning and fuel reduction projects to create significant energy, economic and environmental value.
In addition, Montana’s population of nearly 1 million people generates a significant amount of municipal solid waste each day, and only about 15 percent of this waste is recycled. What isn’t recycled gets landfilled. Nearly all of this carbon-based waste can be converted to water soluble, biodegradable mixed alcohol fuel, which can then enter our in-state fuel supply as a strong competitor to corn ethanol.
Montana is also a coal-rich state. Gas-to-liquid fuel synthesis and slurry of higher mixed alcohol fuel with crushed coal holds great promise to unlock the thus far elusive promise of “clean coal” and greatly reduce coal-fired emissions in a process which can capture and recycle CO2 smokestack emissions into more higher mixed alcohol fuel.
In addition, Montana has substantial proven gas reserves (methane) which can be profitably converted to higher mixed alcohol fuel.
Montana has significant renewable biomass, solid and liquid wastes, and fossil-based resources such as coal and methane, and the opportunity to pioneer clean, profitable and sustainable waste to energy development:
- Millions of tons of woody waste biomass
- Millions of tons of solid and liquid municipal wastes
- Billions of tons of coal, as well as coal fines, petroleum coke and refinery bottoms
- Billions of cubic feet of stranded methane
- Nearly 1 million people to get the job done, right.