Genera’s switchgrass harvest sets efficiency records

March 9, 2015 |

In Tennessee, Genera Energy’s single pass forage harvest system, also known as a field chopping system, set new records this year for switchgrass harvesting efficiency. With this harvest, Genera continues to optimize its efficient year-round, just-in-time biomass harvesting and delivery systems.

“We are very pleased with the success of this harvest and how our innovations continue to improve the process,” said Lance Stewart, certified supply chain manager of Genera. “As an example, in one 12 hour harvesting period, we processed 67 truckloads of feedstock biomass utilizing one harvester. In supply systems like biomass where weather is always a factor, speed and efficiency are critical for success.”

 In addition to field chopping, Genera also demonstrated improvements in bale harvest systems for both biomass sorghum and switchgrass, utilizing a self-propelled swather and a large square baler. Genera successfully demonstrated a method for in-field drying to reduce the moisture content of biomass sorghum to below 25 percent, allowing more conventional baling and longer-term storage.

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