Who Is BioPro Power?
BioPro Power® is an innovator in the renewable energy field using byproducts of agricultural crops as biomass fuels. BioPro Power’s (BPP) focus is development of steam and power generation plants using corn stover as the primary fuel source (multiple fuels capable, to include natural gas). The firm was formed in 2001.
Capabilities: Turn-Key Design, Construction and Operation of Biomass fueled facilities
BPP has a deep, practical knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to biomass fuel procurement and biomass energy generation.
In fact, BPP received patent protection* for technologies and processes related to harvesting, baling, storage, management and transportation of corn stover bales through receiving and preparation for combustion, and, ultimately, combustion for steam generation.
BPP also has the capability to design, build and operate biomass–fueled facilities. The firm can also source project financing. Financially backed performance guarantees are provided.
BPP’s Patent Portfolio Includes:
- Management of excess above ground corn residue – Includes field identification, harvesting methods and equipment, bale handling logistics and quality control. The firm has the expertise to produce the “ideal” corn stover bale – The “BPP Certified Bale™”
- Biomass pre-processing – A key to combustion and efficiency is proper pre-processing and handling corn residue. BPP provides this by providing stover preparation, sizing, and handling.
- Facility design and operation - Boiler design and operational parameters provide the targeted operating conditions in the combustion chamber. This produces the “ideal” gas flow and temperature entering the boiler. These methods prevent plugging of the combustor feed system and boiler fouling that would result from the high alkali content in corn stover.
Rock Falls, IL – All permits (including EPA air permit) and performance guarantees were in place when the project was tabled following the economic downturn in Illinois. The financial model shows the project is economically feasible, based on current data, and when the economy recovers.
The BioPro Power Energy Island aka “BPPEI” Model – Our energy island is a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility that uses corn stover (and sometimes other fuels) to generate both steam and electricity at a very high efficiency. This is ideal for applications where there is a use for both thermal energy and electricity.
Green Energy Projects - BPPEI model marketing efforts are targeting college or business campuses to provide energy for heating, cooling and power to accomplish a “micro-grid” project; and, processing plants which require steam in the range of 200,000 lbs/hr ( more or less ).
China Development - Work is underway to develop corn stover-fueled steam and power generation facilities in China where coal burning facilities contribute to significant environmental issues. The BPPEI provides pollution reducing green energy.
Technology Licensing – Licenses to the company’s technology, patents and other intellectual property are available for qualified firms engaged in corn stover combustion for process steam and/or power. Technology transfer packages also may be included with such licenses.
Niche’ Markets – Several public utilities located in the corn belt are exploring the benefits of using corn stover as an economical replacement for outdated coal-fired systems. The economic benefits to rural communities are substantial.
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*Notice of Allowance for U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/946,474 - Title: Systems and Methods for Managing and Utilizing Excess Corn Residue.