United BioMass adds $10 million economic impact to community

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NAHUNTA, Ga. - A new industry that converts waste wood into a usable fuel product is up and running in south Georgia's Brantley County, with expectations of a $10 million economic impact.

Located in Nahunta, United BioMass LLC produces briquettes and fireplace logs for commercial and home use.

"We've waited to make any public statement regarding our progress until we were actually operational, given the media clutter produced for 'intended' and 'proposed' facilities," said John Ford, United BioMass' managing director and president of parent company United BioFuels Inc.

The plant will employ 25 workers from the local area and will add $10 million to the local economy, company spokesman Toni O'Berry said. More than $10 million was spent in converting a former mulch manufacturing operation into the United BioMass production facility, she said.

The company's GreenHeat briquettes, a type of fuel in widespread use in Europe, are used for fuel by several industries, according to a company Web site, including electrical generation, cement production and steam generation. Its GreenHeat logs are for home fireplace use.

Both products are made by compressing waste wood that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.

It is a clean-burning fuel made from a renewable resource, a perfect industry for the heavily forested county, Brantley County Commission Chairman Ron Ham said.

"We're excited to have an industry come in and take over an old plant that was failing," Ham said. "They're using a renewable resource that we have plenty of and they're able to reach out into the community and spark the economy."

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DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 01/01/10 - 05:51 pm
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What is clean burning? It is

What is clean burning? It is just wood. That means it is just smoke. What is clean burning about wood smoke? Imagine if everybody used wood as a source for heat energy to warm their homes and cook their meals. You wouldn't be able to breathe outside Does someone think this is green technology and will save the world? It is just wood and will have limited applications As far as waste headed for the land fill, I don't think so. If it is worthless for paper production then it must be mostly bark which won't be such a hot heat producer. I will be more interested in this article when a ten year follow-up story confirms the expectation. Good luck.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/01/10 - 06:03 pm
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Judge? Any understanding of
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Judge? Any understanding of wood fired boilers at all? Based on your comments apparently not. You might want to look into the technology before being so "Judge MENTAL"

dwb619
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dwb619 01/01/10 - 06:14 pm
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DuhJudge, Augusta Newsprint,

DuhJudge, Augusta Newsprint, uses boilers fueled by bark to generate electricity and supply steam for their paper making facility.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 01/01/10 - 06:31 pm
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You are probably right and if

You are probably right and if there are a lot of wood fired boilers that would prefer these compressed carbon logs then I know you are right. But clean burning? Sorry if I sound unqualified to have an opinion, I am only commenting on the fact that so much of this enviro-hype is self serving. If the article said that compressed chips are more efficient heat producers and are cheaper than alternatives like coal, natural gas, or even plain old wood chips then that would be worth reading. Give me something substantive and I can be an advocate too.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/01/10 - 07:20 pm
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Wood fired technology is
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Wood fired technology is enjoying quite a resurgence these days. Boilers run on multiple fuels, coal, natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, hydrogen, methane etc. etc. The trick is making the fuel burn efficiently. Stack gases are monitored and have EPA requirements. Scrubber technology is used to keep the stack gases at acceptable levels. There are sites where entire cities are heated by a central boiler plant and the excess steam is used to power turbines for electrical generation. The "pellets" made by this plant are a plus, due to the compressed nature of the pellets vs. the bulk of wood that would be have "chipped" onsite to meet fueling requirements.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/01/10 - 07:25 pm
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And to try and not be too
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And to try and not be too long winded...I too agree that alot of "enviro-hype" is just that! However, I do believe that this technology is a viable technology where the raw material exists are plentiful. Lots of data available on the web regarding this technology.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/01/10 - 07:27 pm
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~~~~where the raw materials
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~~~~where the raw materials exist and are plentiful~~~~~~

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 01/01/10 - 09:16 pm
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But is it clean burning?

But is it clean burning? Exhaust is scrubbed at the stack regardless of the energy source, so how is this product clean burning? GreenHeat is descriptive name of the product. Green is used today to mean "cleaner." So how does their smoke stink better than the smoke from plain chips or hickory logs? I am not dissing the company, I am only asking questions. I believe that no one has to use enviro-hype to validate their business concept unless it is real.

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corgimom 01/01/10 - 10:35 pm
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Maybe United BioMass will

Maybe United BioMass will have a convention in Augusta. In the new TEE center.

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