[Stoves] Important Biomass company we've never heard of--and never will, ...
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Carefreeland at aol.com
Fri Oct 21 02:46:07 PDT 2011
In a message dated 10/20/2011 2:04:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
rstanley at legacyfound.org writes:
DD: Dan Dimiduk comments
That kind of splash news just makes me smile: The 'bigger is better'
approach for supplying global markets flops every time when it comes to meeting
local solid fuel needs: Why; its just simple economics and sources: The
resources are local, the skills and technology are designed around bthe local
community and the product is competitive locally. Thousands aroudn the
world are producing their own agroresidue based briquette fuel at selling
price to the family of about 6 cents per person per day and they are gaining
employment and skills in the process. It can be replicated anywhere there is
sustained human habitation: no international cargo ships; no trucks no
centralised plant. No centralised ownership, just lots of small entrepreneurs
and trainers doing their own thing on site in their own regions with their
own versions, feeding their own families and the rest of the network with
their insights in the process. This kind of market based briquette
production and training and local equiipent supply is active in about 46 nations
Don't give up Dan. As the all those cargo ship and truck fuel prices
inevitably increase, it will only get better.
DD What gets me is that even though I am listed in the phone book under
"Lot clearing and leveling" I have not been approached by these people to
market my wood. If you visit their site you will find that they are more of a
wood location service. They are brokers who take a percentage of the
transaction to hook up big users such as utilities with big producers.
I wonder how long a producer is tied to their distribution contract.
Typically in these situations, businesses use the service to find a customer
and then later terminate the contract and go around the middle man. There
is a big new pellet producer in south Mississippi who teamed up with a
company in Europe to expand and ship pellets to the European markets. As large
as that contract is, I doubt they used a middle man to put it together.
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