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Paul DunnBy Paul Dunn
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About

This is a venture designed to benefit communities.  The goal of our group is to develop mapping and analysis capabilities using sophisticated models and satellite data in order to enable communities to develop biomass procurement applications for smart and micro-grids.  If done within Forest Guild guidelines, this would accelerate forest and watershed restoration by preventing catastrophic wildfires.  

The mission of the organization is to use geospatial data science, remote sensing and GIS to develop tools that aide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) stakeholders, local energy co-ops and conservation NFPs to achieve their stated goals, but for purposes of this organization those goals would be limited to:

1.) Restoration of forest and rangeland landscapes

2.) Protection of watersheds

3.) Maximization of forest carbon stocks

4.) Achieveme renewable energy targets to offset non-renewable sources

5.) Achieve measurable carbon emission offsets through localized energy generation objectives

6.) Reduce wildfire hazard to the built environment and wildland urban interface

Science, engineering and economics all have a role in he analysis of the suitability and feasibility of any renewable resource based energy initiative, and grant writers expect this level of detailed information of 501(c)(3) organizations.

However, the essential mission of this organization is not commercial and it will not undertake any commercial initiatives; it will remain compliant in all points of law with IRS code and provide research for the purpose of achieving the above objectives.

The geospatial web mapping and analysis tools we develop would allow users to explore the economisc feasibility of clean energy options for rural communities that restore forest and watershed health as well as create local opportunities for wealth creation.  This is accomplished be deploying distributed power generation technology that uses clean biomass combustion and photovoltaics for added continuity, as well as cloud based grid management technology. 

We believe that not only can wildfire risk be greatly reduced and watersheds and forests be protected (as well as the wildlife found in these ecosystems), but the carbon offsets provided by improved biomass supply-chains over the long term as well as the development of a sustainable energy resources will be a win-win for rural communities and urban air quality zones. 

Wildfire Hazard Potntial Model for Northern California (Landfire)
Wildfire Hazard Potntial Model for Northern California (Landfire)

Biomass resource supplies are renewed with photosynthetic processes in perpetuity and yield combustion reaction energy output competitive with non-renewable natural resources such as coal and natural gas.

We propose to meet our objectives by using funds to 1.) create a 501(c)(3) legal entity that will allow us to obtain software licensing through Environmental Science Research Institute's not-for-profit support program thereby enabling the technical and forest science work to commence, and 2.) develop a website that will enable community outreach and communications to support longer-term innovation grants offered by federal energy and conservation agencies.  Since the initial region of interest (ROI) is Northern California, we will seek state as well as federal energy and farm research and innovation grants within this mandate, and 3.) work with local energy companies and co-ops to determine the feasibility of bringing energy to local grid networks and the market and engineering factors required for analysis, and 4.) publish biomass proximity and yield information relevant to procurement zones and the grid infrastructure based on distributed generation technologies and grid management solutions available on the market. 

This effort is intended to raise money to create a limited duration not-for-profit (NFP) legal entity and cover minimal administrative costs to research and publish feasibility tools that meet our objectives.  Local Registered Professional Foresters (California RPFs) with economic and engineering insights into the local biomass supply and resource extraction methods, in collaboration with geospatial data scientists, will perform key aspects of the analysis effort.  

  • NFP Filing - $1,500
  • Website cost (2 years for WordPress with CRM) - $2,250
  • Hardware - $1,500
  • Software - Esri program for 501(c)(3) organizations provides a significant discount - $1,150
  • Geospatial researcher and development expertise provided without salary
  • Administrative costs, research related travel, donor gift processing and project overhead make up the balance of the proposed amount raised; local hosts, campsites and personal vehicles will be used for travel.
Forest Biomass Estimated from Satellite Imagery in Northern California and Energy Grid Infrastructure (Oregon State University, CA Energy Commission)
Forest Biomass Estimated from Satellite Imagery in Northern California and Energy Grid Infrastructure (Oregon State University, CA Energy Commission)

Risks and challenges

Currently California has one of the most advanced energy transmission infrastructures in the nation, but photovoltaic and wind power projects are currently subsidized while biomass projects are not.

Local energy markets may deliver a lower cost per kilowatt hour product. Our project is a study that seeks additional resources to move forward and we will develop a network analysis that will determine our market delivery rate, but the market demand will take time to discover and the market may take time to develop.

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Long-lasting design

Biomass is a renewable energy source that, if procured according to Forestry Guild best practices, will be available in perpetuity. Generation equipment is of the highest quality distributed energy technology available.

Reusability and recyclability

Outputs from biomass generation include charcoal waste that can be used in organic agriculture.

Sustainable materials

The inputs for core biomass processing are renewable in perpetuity.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

The entire process of distributed energy generation, including solar, biomass and wind, is premised on not only renewable energy sources but the reduction of transportation energy requirements - this is a carbon emission reduction project.

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    Maps & photographic posters of the ROI.

    The mission of this group is to develop mapping and analysis capabilities using sophisticated models and satellite data in order to enable forest communities to develop biomass powered micro-grids and accelerate forest restoration. The region of interest (ROI) for our initial work is Northern California and Southern Oregon - primarily the Siskyou and Southern Cascade mountain ranges.

    The geospatial tools we develop would allow users to explore the feasibility of clean energy options for rural communities that restore forest and watershed health as well as create local opportunities for wealth creation that benefit the social fabric of some of the poorest rural areas in the nation.

    Maps and web applications depicting forested areas, local communities and assets at risk from devastating wildfire as well as grid networks will be developed and will be shared with contributors, as will story maps and photographic interpretive posters describing the study.

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