It is a common sight across much of rural America – acres of land strip mined for resources in various stages of reclamation. In fact, this land generated a lot of controversy for decades once the precious coal was stripped out and sent away. News articles covered the reclaimed land as if it were a wasteland left behind. Much of this land is still considered to be without much value, but for the biofuels industry, this land could provide crops for alternative fuels.
The biofuels industry provides a promising economic boost via the production of ethanol, and strip mines are ideal locations for switchgrass to grow, which grows in poor and rocky soil despite droughts or flooding. Requiring little maintenance and providing a variety of environmental benefits (such as shelter for animals, food, mulch, landscaping, etc.), it seems to be the perfect fit for the ethanol and biofuels industry. Ethanol is ideal for its carbon-neutral status, and releasing it in the atmosphere actually contributes to plant growth. Needless to say, the idea of having access to this kind of renewable energy has many industries, particularly those related to transportation, very excited.
Komax is excited to continue our partnership with the biofuels industry. Much of the clean energy movement relies on the right equipment. Whether our Klean Wall Sludge Heat Exchanger can turn best practices with organic matter into fuel for local businesses or even for sale back to the power grid at a profit, Komax is at the forefront of the clean energy movement.
With hundreds of thousands of acres at stake, the possibility of creating highly productive land post-mining could revitalize communities who thought their economic prospects died out with the coal in the land. Old coal fields could once again provide a source of energy for the nation. As the nation’s needs continue to change, you can count on Komax to provide the right equipment at the right time.