BIOGAS ENERGY SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY LLC (BEST) provides research, development, assistance and consultation to customers with regard to transitioning from conventional fossil fuels to alternative fuels derived from biomass feedstocks. The company’s activities include applications such as collecting gas from wastewater treatment plants (renewable), processing the gas for energy to fuel boilers or electrical power production and facilitating the production and marketing of liquid fuels from waste biomass by catalytic conversion. The liquid fuels can be used for the entire transportation sector, electric power generation, and stationary and portable energy conversion systems along with many other applications that would otherwise employ fossil fuels as an energy source. In all cases, fuels from waste biomass can replace fossil fuels with a cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly option.
BEST is a new Alabama company that was formed specifically to assist customers to utilize gas and liquid energy, such as alcohol, biogas and dimethyl ether (DME), from waste biomass sources as a replacement for fossil fuels. The structuring of this business is the result of years of research and experience and an on-going knowledge of the energy markets. Alcohol and DME can be produced where there is an abundant source of wood-waste, bagasse, rubber tires and many other waste materials with a high Carbon content. Two partners own BEST (see ABOUT US), a limited liability company. The partners possess years of accumulated knowledge, experience, skills and expertise, more than equal to the task at hand.
The partners have experience in organizing and operating global-sized research and development projects. Mr. Harmond has a lifetime of experience working with chemical plants much more complex and much larger.
BEST is in a unique marketing position because its feedstock, waste biomass, does not compete with any other market. This will keep the cost of feedstock low and stable for a long period of time as opposed to the present situation within the corn-ethanol industry. Corn-ethanol is experiencing high cost for feedstock because the industry is competing with the animal and human food industries. Corn prices are already high because the demand is great and there is no longer surplus corn available. By working with customers to transition to catalytically produced alcohol, BEST will be able to compete well using low-cost feedstocks. BEST will also have a segment of the market early, which it will be able to retain and expand.
A unique aspect of waste biomass catalytic alcohol is that the production plant can be, and, indeed, must be, very close to its source of feedstock, to limit the cost for feedstock transportation. Corn-ethanol plants, most of which must ship their feedstock for some distance, have a distinct competitive disadvantage.
In addition, the proximity to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama provides a distinct advantage because of the availability of engineering, business, and marketing faculty, who routinely provide consulting services to business. They are also a source of research to improve technology and business management. The Alabama Productivity Center can provide decades of experience in assisting businesses to enhance efficiency and profitability. More importantly, the partners will be using state-of-the-art equipment, which is currently under development and will soon be available for commercialization. BEST intends to stay at the forefront of the industry and of the industrial technology required to be a strong competitor through continued research and development to improve all aspects of the environmentally compatible energy industry.