Clenergen Corp., a leading developer of biomass power systems based upon cultivated renewable plant resources, is focused on two foundational goals:
• To develop and grow high-density, short-rotation biomass crops on a commercial scale at a cost of production equivalent to or less than the price of coal, using a proprietary integrated farming model
• To use this resource to produce power through advanced gasification technologies
Clenergen is targeting a large gap that exists in attempts to use biomass alone or in conjunction with standard hydrocarbon fuels. Instead of simply concentrating on developing complex engineering solutions to use existing non-uniform waste and other biomass resources for power generation, the company is approaching the issue from an agronomy/biotechnology and plantation management perspective. The result is a uniform, clean, and dependable biomass resource, more easily processed, and able to be grown economically and continually on a commercial scale. In addition, these sources can be combined with selected agricultural waste resources (sugar cane tops, rice husks, etc.) that may be locally available.
On the engineering side, the deployment of small (4.5 megawatt) to medium (18 megawatt) sized Distributed Environmental Power Systems (DEPS) allows for the localization of electricity supplies to both municipalities and large end user’s of electricity, such as factories. The modular design of DEPS means the platform is scalable to continually increase based upon a consistent and reliable source of feedstock.
Part of Clenergen’s business model is to reclaim previously deforested lands through the planting of large size feedstock crops, such as Bamboo and Marjestica (a new species of tree produced from strains of Paulownia). The application of the Tree Adaption Process (TAP) to Marjestica enables an increase in growth rate of 30%-40%. This process does not require genetic engineering since the TAP technology is a naturally occurring evolutionary process. After three years, plantations should yield more than 40-60 tons per acre per year. Not only will this provide needed renewable energy supplies, but it will help improve the environment through re-forestation and, of course, through the reduction of fossil fuel use.
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