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Fueling America: The Need for Standardization of Solid Biofuels

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Joshua HolmesJoshua Holmes - VP - System Development, AESIAs featured in the March 2012 edition of Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine.

According to the U.S. DOE’s Billion-Ton Update, more than 500 million tons of solid biomass waste is produced in the U.S. annually, and that figure is estimated to expand beyond 1 billion tons by 2022. As the country's energy policy evolves and the biomass waste industry continues to grow, solid biofuels will become a staple of American energy. In order for that to occur, biomass energy projects need to continue to be successful, and that requires consideration of several factors.

A successful biomass project should have a well-defined fuel source, as well as properly sized and selected equipment. The primary focus at the front end of every solid biofuels project is identifying the potential feedstock source. Currently, potential biomass sources must always be verified through chemical and physical analysis to ensure the fuel is compatible with the thermal equipment for achieving complete combustion and emissions compliance. Solid biofuels can vary in calorific value, moisture content, and ash content based on class, region, and climate, even on a load-to-load basis. Because of these variations, equipment performance and project economics are at risk of degradation without a proper, uniform definition for solid biofuels.

Currently, domestic feedstock sources are defined by thermal conversion equipment suppliers or by solid biofuel producers, generally according to different terms. Equipment suppliers are typically focused on a performance-basis, while solid biofuel producers are focused on a value-basis. Unfortunately, this leads to inconsistencies in definitions of solid biofuel quality, quantity, and value, creating uncertainty for both users and providers. This uncertainty creates a level of perceived risk from an economic perspective.

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AESI Featured on KAKE News

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Alternative Energy Solutions International Inc. (AESI) was featured on the February 1, 2012 6 PM newscast by KAKE News.

The 60 second segment features video of the ribbon cutting hosted by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, views of the AESI Biomass Gasification Boiler in operation, and an interview with AESI President and CEO David Daniels.

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Alternative Energy Solutions International and Superior Boiler Works Announce Partnership

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Partnership agreement joins companies’ engineering, customer service and marketing efforts to deliver expanded service to the developing biomass market.

Superior Boiler Works and Alternative Energy Solutions International Logo'sHUTCHINSON, Kan. (Feb. 1, 2012) – Alternative Energy Solutions International Inc. (AESI) and Superior Boiler Works Inc. announced today that they have established a partnership to leverage each company’s strengths and bring the highest level of service and satisfaction to the fast-growing biomass market.

“By joining our two companies’ engineering, customer service, and marketing and promotions efforts, Superior Boiler Works and AESI will help our customers reduce carbon footprints, lower energy costs and increase overall energy efficiencies,” said Doug Wright, Superior’s president and chief executive officer. “Superior is very excited about the opportunity to work with AESI, the leader in making technological advancements in the biomass energy arena.”

“Superior brings a long and proven history of providing quality, engineered boiler products designed to meet unique applications and difficult environments, said David Daniels, president and CEO of AESI. “Its expertise in this area aligns perfectly with AESI’s hot water and steam systems. Together, we will create better overall service and results for the emerging and growing biomass industry.”

Superior Boiler Works, which manufactures an array of boiler systems, is a leader in clean-air emissions technology. AESI has more than 50 years of experience and more than 5,000 biomass gasification systems operating worldwide. The company is North America’s leader in highly engineered, turnkey biomass systems that evolve biomass energy into a clean, efficient, money-saving, renewable energy replacement for costly fossil fuels.

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AESI Featured in The Wichita Eagle

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AESI Featured in The Wichita EagleAlternative Energy Solutions International Inc. (AESI) is featured in the January 31, 2012 edition of The Wichita Eagle.

An excerpt from the article is below. Read the full article on The Wichita Eagle online by clicking here.

"Ever wonder how to take advantage of that enormous pile of wood chips?

Not a question that many around here have, but in some places, such as Quebec or Idaho, it can make perfect sense. Alternative Energy Solutions International of Wichita sells biomass gasification boilers to factories and schools in places such as that.

The company is having an open house to show off its demonstration plant at 960 W. 53rd St. North on Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The units, with range from the size of car to the size of a small bus, burn a wide variety of plant and plant-related waste, such as wood chips and horse manure mixed with straw."

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BTEC Issues Support for President Obama's Energy Outlook, Urges Thermal Recognition and Extending Incentives

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WASHINGTON, January 25 - Today, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) expressed its support for President Obama's State of the Union commitment to homegrown and clean energy sources. In the address, President Obama discussed the importance of tapping into America's vast energy and technology resources to meet the nation's energy needs and build the economy.

"We welcome President Obama's call for an all-of the-above strategy to develop American energy," said Joseph Seymour, BTEC Executive Director. "Creating local jobs and reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil have always been part of BTEC's mission. We look forward to working with his administration in meeting these goals through the utilization of one of America's most abundant renewable resources - biomass."

In his remarks, President Obama urged Congress to pass clean energy tax credits. Such credits include a tax credit for the installation of a biomass-fueled stove, which expired on December 31st, 2011 and has yet to be extended. Another incentive is S. 1914, which was introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe during the first session of the 112th Congress. The bill would create a performance-based home energy improvement credit that would reward heating cost reductions, among other measures. Other programs that have been successful in advancing biomass thermal energy include the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Advanced Biofuel Producer Payment Program from the 2008 Farm Bill.

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