Green Energy to utilize hurricane biomass

By Erin Voegele
Web exclusive posted Oct. 17, 2008 at 11:10 a.m. CST

New York-based Green Energy Resources is working to acquire hurricane wood from southeast Texas. According to Joseph Murray, Green Energy Resources' chief executive officer, contractors with FEMA contracts are collecting the wood and instead of disposing or burning the wood materials, they will sell the waste to Green Energy Resources.

According to Green Energy Resources, it is the first company to actively work with a storm contractor under FEMA'S new PA-Pilot program implemented this year to recycle storm damaged wood. In the last few years Green Energy Resources has pressured the government and created public awareness to recycle storm damaged wood.

"The process to recover the wood is already underway," Murray said. "They have already done all the collections in southeast Texas." The contractors are currently sorting the wood. Green Energy Resources will purchase wood materials with diameters of two inches and greater. The company will only utilize waste forestry products created by the storm, not wood biomass from other sources, such as damaged buildings. By taking the biomass in log form, Murray said his company will be able to create wood chip products as clients need them. The product will be offered to buyers in the United States and around the world.

Murray said he's not certain how much tonnage of woody biomass will be collected. "We would like to get a million tons," he added. "We would like to get even more than that, but we don't know that is going to happen."

In August, Biomass Magazine spoke to Murray about collecting storm debris. Click here to read Green Energy seeks wood-based hurricane debris.

In September, Biomass Magazine reported on Dealing With Disaster Debris.