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As green and renewable energy forges forward as the next major energy trend, one company has recently established itself as a major contender. Waste to Energy Systems, LLC in Louisiana has recently filed a patent for it’s biomass gasification system, the bioHearth®. After six years of research and development, CEO Richard Woods decided it was time to lock in his waste to energy invention with a patent application. Woods’ system is definitely the path of the future.
What is biomass gasification you may ask? Gasification is the process of breaking down carbon-based materials (e.g. agriculture waste, tree trimmings, cardboard, etc) into a high-energy gas. This is accomplished by applying extreme temperatures in an oxygen-starved environment. The gasification process significantly reduces harmful emissions compared to either incineration or landfills. The resulting product is Syngas – a flexible, local fuel source that is significantly cleaner than fossil fuels. Essentially, it is the optimal way to turn waste to energy.
Already popular in European countries where necessity was king, gasification systems are prevalent along with solar and wind energy. Woods’ goal was to take the concept of gasification and make it simpler and better. Woods’ motto is “solve the problem where it begins rather than an afterthought down the line.” The result is a small footprint, carbon neutral, and easily maintained waste to energy system that is peaking interest from Europe to Alaska and everything in between! To find out more, click here.
They say “When you change yourself, you change the future.” This is true for Richard Woods, owner and founder of Waste to Energy Systems. His choice to change created a business that would not only improve his family’s future but hopefully, the world’s.
Richard made this type of decision once before in the name of being green. Over 37 years ago, he started his recycled flooring and building materials business, Albany Woodworks. He was committed to green practices in both his business and personal life. About six years ago, he decided having a successful, eco-friendly flooring company, a home built out of recycled building materials, his own organic garden, and his own composting system was not enough. He was unhappy with the sawdust waste his mill created and wanted to harness the untapped power that the sawdust waste held. He began researching and came across the gasification process. Armed with a good concept and lots of determination, Richard proceeded to build several of his own small scale gasification systems to see if the technology could be successful.
Above is a video of one of the first downdraft gasification systems built by Richard Woods.
After several successful builds and interest from his Albany Woodworks customers, he decided to open Waste to Energy systems. His choice to open a business that took on renewable energy issues caused his two daughters to join the ranks of Richard and his wife Judith in the family businesses, making Waste to Energy Systems and Albany Woodworks truly family owned and operated. After 5 years of intense research and development, bioHearth® was born, bringing truth to the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Richard and his Waste to Energy team continue to improve their methods to produce a system that will provide one of the best answers to the renewable energy problem.