Who Is BioPro Power?
BioPro Power® is an innovator in the renewable energy field using byproducts of agricultural crops as biomass fuels. BioPro Power’s (BPP) focus is enabling the development of steam and power generation plants using corn stover as the primary fuel source (multiple fuels capable, including natural gas). The firm was formed in 2001.
BPP has a deep, practical knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to biomass fuel procurement and biomass energy generation with a focus on corn stover as the primary fuel source. The substantial intellectual property rights resulting from such know-how provide innovative technologies and solutions for BPP’s customers. (See, for example, BPP's Patent Rights below.)
Management of excess above ground corn residue – Includes field identification, harvesting methods and equipment, bale handling logistics and quality control.
Biomass pre-processing - A key to combustion and efficiency is proper pre-processing and handling of corn residue. The firm has the expertise to produce the “ideal” corn stover bale – The “BPP Certified Bale™”, through stover preparation, sizing, and handling.
Facility design and operation - Boiler design and operational parameters provide the targeted operating conditions in the combustion chamber. This produces the “ideal” gas flow and temperature entering the boiler. These methods prevent plugging of the combustor feed system and boiler fouling that would result from the high alkali content in corn stover. BPP has secured an air permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a BPPEI designed 25 MW power plant.
The BioPro Power Energy Island aka “BPPEI” Model – Our energy island is a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility that uses corn stover (multiple fuels capable) to generate both steam and electricity at a very high efficiency. This is ideal for applications where there is a use for both thermal energy and electricity, such as:
1. Steam energy for process manufacturing
2. Steam energy for a turbine generating electric power
3. Steam energy for heating-cooling-electricity for a microgrid campus (district heating)
4. And, or, items 1 & 2 combined.
Turn-key - BPP has the capability to secure permitting, design, build and operate biomass–fueled facilities. The firm can also source project financing. Financially backed performance guarantees are provided.
Retro-fits – Due to environmental regulations, governments have required that owners cease operation of numerous coal fired power plants. Other owners of coal fired power plants are exploring alternatives for their outdated coal-fired systems. BPP can assist operators of such power plants by retrofitting them to use corn stover or a combination of corn stover and other fuel. Retrofitting allows the operator to produce revenue generating clean energy while leveraging most of its capital investment in its facilities.
Technology Licensing and Consulting – Licenses to the company’s technology, patents and other intellectual property are available for qualified firms who wish to use corn stover combustion for generating process steam and/or power. BPP can provide such firms with consulting services and/or technology transfer packages, in conjunction with such licenses to assist such firms in designing, building and/or operating their facilities.
China Development - Work is underway to develop corn stover-fueled steam and power generation facilities in China to retro-fit coal burning facilities which contribute to significant environmental issues. The BPPEI provides pollution reducing green energy that addresses the needs of Chinese energy companies to economically deliver more power in a cleaner fashion. BPP filed a patent application in China; and, on September 16, 2015, the Chinese Patent Office granted BPP's corresponding patent in China, which corresponds to BPP's US Patent No. 8,712,787.
Projects In / Near U. S. Corn Belt - BPP is initiating meetings with public utilities and privately owned facilities that generate process steam and/or power which are located in the “corn-belt” and are exploring either building new corn-stover fueled combustion systems or retrofitting existing coal-fired systems. These facilities will realize numerous environmental benefits from using corn stover while also providing significant financial benefits to the plant facility owners, the farmers providing the fuel (stover), and the rural communities. Natural gas does not come close to providing the economic benefits to the order-of-magnitude that corn stover does.
BPP’s Patent Rights
BPP owns patent rights related to all aspects of corn-stover fueled steam and power generation, including for technologies and processes related to harvesting, baling, storage, management and transportation of corn stover bales through receiving and preparation for combustion, and, ultimately, combustion for steam and power generation. BPP has received US Patent No. 8,712,787 and China Patent No. CN 105003920 A.
*You can download a copy of BPP’s patent here.