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Biomass from trees can generate renewable energy sources and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Our fast-growing tree farms offer a long-term, sustainable supply for renewable energy markets worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Energy intends to replace 30% of the fossil fuel used annually in the United States for transportation with biofuels by 2030. Tree farms are an ideal solution to meet that goal. Our high-yield, short-rotation tree farms need less fertilizer and less energy to produce than traditional row crops. And they produce greater energy output per unit in the production of cellulosic ethanol. While other companies are investing in conversion technologies, we're developing high-yield tree farms with targeted cellular composition that will provide the best available biomass feedstock for the growing cellulosic ethanol industry.
Poplar biomass can be burned in direct-combustion electrical facilities, either in its own exclusive boiler or added to coal in a "co-firing" process. In most facilities, 5% to 15% of coal can be replaced with biomass without changing the delivery or firing infrastructure.