Biomass, Biofuel, Wood Harvesting, Processing, Data and Research

Commitment to our planet

Flatirons Stump Removal is about more than just stumps. Our company was born with the commitment to environmental awareness and stewardship of our planet, not to just reduce our environmental impact as much as possible, but to make things better. 

And we have experience. We developed a new and patented high-efficiency stump grinder cutter system that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions 30-50% over traditional systems. Additionally, all of the wood chips our stump grinding service has created to date have been re-used for water-retaining mulch, soil-enriching compost and other organic uses. We never send wood chips to the landfill. Last, our founder has experience in biomass stretching back to 1994, planting over 500,000 trees.

Biomass/biofuel technology, development, service and innovation

Biomass, the product of organic growth and the precursor to biofuels, is a potential renewable source of carbon based energy for applications that are unlikely to convert to battery power, i.e. aircraft and heavy machinery. Most biofuel currently is produced from corn which has food supply implications earth’s inhabitants since corn can only be grown on agricultural land. The ethical and physical need to prioritize agricultural land for food and utilize non-agricultural lands for renewable energy production is obvious.  Plants & trees that have potential to convert to biofuels and can grow in a variety of soils and situations are needed. Currently switchgrass and certain varieties of fast growing trees are among some of the best potential species to fill this need.

We are innovating new techniques, systems, and technologies to capture data for biomass development research. Historically, there has not been adequate systems to quantify growth and evaluate harvest productivity on a plant-by-plant basis. Our proprietary technologies are working to change that.  

A second renewable energy hurdle we are tackling is one part of the challenge of extracting biofuel from wood biomass: lignocellulosic deconstruction and separation, or breaking down plant fibers. Currently, the amount of energy required to extract, process and release the energy locked up in the tight, dense wood fibers can be greater than the biofuel extracted. In other words, one gallon of diesel fuel in, a half gallon of biofuel out.  One of our technology innovations is developing electro/mechanical wood processing systems that would require near zero carbon-based energy inputs.

These are big ambitious endeavors for a small service company, but we believe we and our ideas and technology partners are up to the task. We are optimistic and hopeful for the future of our planet and excited to be part of solutions.