Midwest Biomass Exchange now online

By Midwest Biomass Exchange | October 08, 2019

Individuals and companies seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues have a new option at their fingertips. Access is available to a new web-based resource, called the Midwest Biomass Exchange (MBIOEX), created and supported by the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Marketing Unit, and partners including Heating the Midwest, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The new MBIOEX website (www.mbioex.com) is a free, user-friendly internet marketplace designed to connect buyers and sellers of woody and agricultural biomass. Updated from the former Minneapolis Biomass Exchange, the new site focuses more closely on biomass for fuel, and on serving the Midwestern area in the U.S. and Canada.

Users can place “For Sale” and “Wanted” ads for biomass used as fuel for heating and power generation, or as feedstock for other manufacturing processes. The new resource also includes a map showing approximate locations of buyers and sellers, and an email utility for registered users to contact other users.

“Heating the Midwest took on the development of the MBIOEX website to help connect the resources with the need, in service of the biomass heating industry in the Midwest,” said HTM President Stacy Cook. “Our team has worked hard to improve the functionality and utility of the old Minneapolis Biomass Exchange, to make it more useful for our region’s biomass-based business interests and will continue to seek areas of improvement for the site.”

“We hope the site helps individual companies that are seeking fuel sources make connections with sellers, and that the site helps those that are considering biomass-fired heat or energy systems better understand the network of fuel providers in their area,” said David Neumann, forest utilization and marketing specialist for MI DNR.

 “The Midwest Biomass Exchange is just one example of Heating the Midwest and its partners’ continued dedication to assisting industry to grow market prospects in the biomass sector,” said Shannon Schlecht, executive director of AURI. “The MBioEX database provides a platform to more easily explore available resources within a specific area for conducting feasibilities, finding suppliers or buyers, etc. which can further develop the business interactions between companies.”

Website revisions were supported by funds from the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Marketing Unit, and by partners including Heating the Midwest, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. For more information about the site, see www.mbioex.com or contact Dave Neumann at neumannd@michigan.gov.