What are BIOstocks?

The Price Companies have built their reputation on handling all kinds of wood, primarily for sawmills and the paper and pulp industry. With the urgent global interest in bioenergy as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, we recognize that we have an opportunity and a responsibility to develop techniques for expanding the range of feedstocks that we can handle.

Biomass feedstocks (BIOstock) are living or recently living biological material which can be used as fuel or for industrial production. Most commonly, biomass refers to plant matter grown for conversion into biofuel, but also includes plant or animal matter used for production of fibers, chemicals, or heat. It is usually measured by dry weight. New power plants are being deployed for using biomass in place of fossil fuel to generate electricity.

For ease of discussion, BIOstocks are usually categorized as coming from Forestry, Agriculture, or Urban sources. According to the Department of Energy there are already vast quantities available in the U.S. include approximately:

  • 1,200 million tons of forest residue
  • 332 million tons of urban residue
  • 596 million tons of agricultural energy crops, crops residue and biosolids and manure

BIOstocks are being recognizes as raw materials for new, clean technologies that produce heat, electricity, biofuels (including ethanol), charcoal, bioenergy gases, and safe chemicals. These products help to extend recycling while diverting biomass otherwise destined for polluting landfills.

Some of the conversion technologies (CTs) include sugar fermentation, enzymatic and acid hydrolysis, catalytic conversion, anaerobic digestion, plasma arc, gasification, and pyrolysis.

Recognizing the emergence of new renewable fuels and waste management industries, The Price Companies have established a new division called Price BIOstock which offers proven systems and reliable management experience that will satisfy the biostock needs of these cutting edge businesses.

Last updated April 11, 2008