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Get Your Biomass Project Funded!
What is biomass and how does it work?
Biomass, as a renewable energy source, is derived from five distinct energy sources: garbage, wood, waste, landfill gases, and alcohol fuels. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly, or converted into other energy products such as biofuel and electricity.
Biomass is plant matter used to generate electricity with steam turbines & gasifiers or produce heat, usually by direct combustion. Examples include forest residues, yard clippings, wood chips and even municipal solid waste. It also includes plant or animal matter that can be converted into fibers or other industrial chemicals, including biofuels. Industrial biomass can be grown from numerous types of plants. Biochemical conversion processes from biomass can be harnessed and converted to other usable forms of energy like methane gas or transportation fuels like ethanol and biodiesel.
A great feature in funding biomass energy projects is the fact that
1) traditional funding instruments can be used, and
2) no special accommodations or arrangements need to be added on to a funding arrangement involving biomass.
The best case scenario is if you (as project promoter/owner) an off-take agreement (agreement in which a third party that has signed a contract guaranteeing that they will be buying the promoter's output for a certain length of time in the future right from the start).
Why? Because for investors it is a guarantee of return on their investment, not to mention that it is also a steady guaranteed payment on the debt of the equipment due to the fact that the energy produced is sold over the long term (thus, there is a guaranteed income).
On the business end, the Promoter/project owner is required to produce essentially the same basic information and documents as he/she would in any other type of project:
- Feasibility Study (if you have it)
What you will also need is presentation report that details the technology to be used.
What can often be the (only) tricky part of funding a biomass energy project is assessing the technology that will be used to produce this energy; but solid, time-tested biomass energy-producing manufacturers do exist and are often favoured in these types of deals.
* No Upfront Fees
* No Application Fees
* No Revision Fees
* No Stand-By Fees
* No Retainers
In committing our own funds, we do not act as a Broker but rather as a Principal
A good Merchant Banker is one who combines experience and contacts with its own capital and creativity in structuring deals, and as such we are a formidable force on the market to give our clients access to the funds they need to realize their dream project.
Project Range: $5M-$500M+
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