(NB: Above links below connect to GreenEnergyPark.co.za)
Unlike the conversion of coal/oil into chemicals and energy that focus on maximum yields with established technologies, the manufacturing of bio-renewable chemicals is all about finding The-Right-Balance™ .
Central to our business is not a 'romance' with GREEN, but the realisation that building a business on the People Planet Profit sustainability principle requires a paradigm shift from all participants (bankers, engineers, government officials, operators, farmers, etc.).
In every step of the value chain - from biomass production to selling its converted products - there are two counter acting parts to balance, for example:
Cost of biomass supply (transport cost) vs. Manpower/automation costs.
Amount of biomass removed from the fields vs. Soil (and plant) health.
Bagasse/Fibre handling characteristics vs. Equipment sizes/costs.
High yields vs. Best/optimal mass and energy balance (= operating costs)