The Integrated Biomass Energy Center (IBEC) is the realization of a vision to integrate business, environment and economic benefits in rural areas. IBEC is a small scale combined heat and power plant which utilizes waste streams from small businesses co-located at a wood products campus. The result is a mutually-beneficial relationship which captures renewable energy while achieving nearly 100 percent feedstock stream utilization. With funding from federal, state, local and private sources, WR Community Solutions Inc. has provided a suite of project management services, including financial sourcing, technology identification and sourcing, and economic modeling.
Biomass energy is one of the oldest energy sources known to man. Improvements in technology now offer attractive options for wood-fueled power and heat for municipal buildings, schools, and businesses. Biomass systems are a great idea for new structures. Boiler conversions to replace fossil fuels-based furnaces for building or district heating are well worth investigating.
Well-planned and appropriately scaled biomass systems can create economic drivers for forest restoration, forest health, fire mitigation and habitat improvement – plus water conservation in juniper zones. These projects create businesses and jobs important to rural economies while supporting supply and service sectors. Biomass heat and power capacity also provides a market and completes the utilization cycle for wood wastes from milling, firewood, slash piles, and other processes.
We have extensive experience with biomass boiler conversions; biomass business/industry clusters; and with small scale combined heat and power in a wood products business/energy campus model.