We are committed to utilising our bamboo raw material as efficiently and diversely as possible. Bamboo is a type of biomass material that has great potential as a bio-energy resource.
Prior to processing our bamboo, we will use residual twigs and branches to support a Jamaican cottage industry that produces straws and stirrers. Furthermore, the side-streams of the pulp production process open up a wide variety of opportunities for the extraction, refining and development of new and exciting bioproducts from residual biomass including sludge for cementation and road infill.
Throughout our whole business, we are continually striving for increasing efficiency in terms of the environment, and in terms of resources, raw materials, water and energy. Currently, we are looking toward the future onsite production of biofuel pellets and particleboard from residual bamboo waste.
The Recovery Boiler selected for the bamboo bioproducts mill not only recovers chemicals and generates power efficiently, but also does this in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound process. The Recovery Boiler is the essential part of the Kraft process of pulping where chemicals for white liquor are recovered, reformed and recycled from black liquor. Black liquor contains primarily lignin from the previously processed bamboo. The black liquor is burned, generating heat, which is turned into steam and used to make electricity, much as in a conventional steam power plant. The power generated by the mill is more than the mill consumes. It, therefore, has a small surplus of electricity which we intend to use for the benefit of the host community - and to power the electric trucks used to move materials and finished products.