Addressing parallel challenges of global warming and progressive mandates to reduce greenhouse gasses, in the renewable energy markets throughout the EU, and establishing new trade markets for forest related products, displaced due to an obliteration of the paper industry in Maine; we focused on three primary market sectors:
- The production of a low-carbon footprint biomass wood chip: 1.) exceeding all EU mandates of Phytosanitation, 2.) possessing a high energy (Gigajoule value) commodity, 3.) derived only of low value fiber, residuals and waste, 4.) eliminate massive forest acreage harvests associated with production of wood pellets (i.e. to produce 1 million MT of pellets you need 2.4 million tons of wood chips or up to 80,000 acres), 5.) densified to maximize ocean vessel stowage norms and minimize export costs, and finally 6.) provide this as a supplement to wood pellets at comparable Gj values but half the price.
- Establish a substantial international trade market for Maine’s conifers, focusing first on Hemlock and then Fir/Spruce/Pine, for saw logs, timber, SIP and CLT raw materials. Prior to this work, Hemlock and Fir had found very little market demand globally. We have now opened markets around the globe for Hemlock and Fir to be exported from Maine, and by cutting overall CIF pricing dramatically by envisioning and establishing a barging service direct to NJ or NY ports. Moving about 150 (40’) containers from Searsport to NJ, reducing cost for CIF delivery by $200 to $250 per MBF – is now possible and opens Maine’s export opportunities to world markets.
- Utilize residual forest products, derived from the above, to serve specialized market demands including: 1.) raw timber supply for CLT manufacturing, 2.) bark mulch by barge to lower states and to the EU, 3.) raw fiber for animal bedding, saw dust or backup supply for briquette and pellet production – where no material is derived from land clearing, forest cuttings or harvests.
The above is made possible and widely attractive to buyers because TSL: 1.) established site control over 17-acres of laydown yard at the Port of Searsport, a deep water port best-logistically suited to any EU destination from the US, 2.) situated its yard at the end of the Canadian Pacific Rail from Montreal to Searsport, 3.) receives inbound fiber by rail vs. truck, thus reduces carbon footprint by 86% and cuts raw fiber cost by 17%, and 4.) has established an alliance with one of the world’s largest ocean vessel owners and operators, which leads to lower shipping costs and provides for dedicated delivery with backhaul options arranged by TSL to cut overall shipping costs.
From 2010 to 2012, as pro bono humanitarian consultant, invited by the Minister of Environment, we completed the following: 1.) established for the Ministers of Haiti, a nationwide program to afforest their country with Jatropha to mitigate cutting for charcoal, to solidify landscape and avoid erosion and mudslides, and to create a biodiesel production opportunity for workforce development and jobs - and create an export opportunity.
From 2012 to 2014, conceived and established a cutting/harvesting operation to repurpose diseased, dying citrus plantation across 70,000 acres in Florida. Citrus was destined for Poland CHP plants but, fumigation protocol caused redirection of biomass to CHP plants in Florida - GREC and Ineos. Entire operation conceived by us and turned over to Florida based production firm.
2013 to 2014, resolved the fumigation processing constraints and designed, with the collaboration of engineering and EPC firms, a Phytosanitation System to then become the first company to export Heat Treated - Wood Chips to the EU (Mercer International Paper) from the US. The first full-cycle, fully approved by EU, USDA, and all agencies involved, was accomplished by us in September 2014.