Trestle Energy and Larksen are partnering to commercialize a new Fuel Pathway Management Platform using biomass pellets. The platform would enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity by powering their plant with biomass derived electricity. The biomass pellets would replace coal and provide emission reductions similar to wind energy according to Trestle.
Trestle notes that while ethanol plants see carbon intensity benefits, the platform would also assist in building feedstock supplies for emerging cellulosic industries paving another pathway to the energy sector’s transition to a low carbon economy.
James Rhodes, Ph.D., of Trestle Energy notes, “This initiative is a clear example of how American energy can both grow the economy and advance important environmental priorities. It promises to deliver new jobs and economic development across America’s farm communities, enhance the value of American industries and American-made products, advance ambitious climate and renewable energy policies, and measurably improve environmental quality.”
Of particular importance to domestic markets and producers, says Trestle, this partnership charts a cost-effective path for the biofuels industry to comply with ambitious climate and energy programs, such as California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS), thereby enabling greater access to premium regulated markets.
Johan Neels of Larksen added, “with the recent signing of the Paris Agreement (COP21), and with the anticipation of CO2 rules to advance the goals of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), our partnership with Trestle Energy gives participating producers a clear economic advantage.”