Forest Fire Prevention, Controlling Emissions and Making Money

Clearing underbrush, vegetation and dead wood from properties is essential in providing fire protection for forests and other wooded areas.
By Brian O’Connor | October 31, 2019

Clearing underbrush, vegetation and dead wood from properties is essential in providing fire protection for forests and other wooded areas. Landscaping companies, construction firms and forestry agencies need innovative options for disposing of vegetative biomass in a cost-effective and practical way. Currently, there are technologically advanced solutions for getting rid of wood, plant waste and other vegetation while protecting the environment and providing organizations with added revenue streams.

Unlike most other types of vegetation disposal systems, modern air curtain burner systems use clean-burning technologies that offer real benefits to companies and organizations. Air Burners Inc. has developed a line that is designed to accept large pieces of wood and brush without requiring chipping or cutting in advance, increasing speed when disposing of debris and materials while ensuring the safest environment for workers.

Air curtain burner systems also produce a valuable material called biochar. This substance consists of charred vegetation and is used in a number of agricultural and landscaping processes. It has also been proposed as a form of biofuel, which could help in managing energy requirements without resorting to fossil fuels.

The PGFireBox combines the biomass burning capabilities of air curtain burner systems with the ability to generate power that can be fed back into the electrical grid to generate funding. The electricity generated by the PGFireBox can also be used to power construction sites, recycling centers and landscaping facilities.

Environmental Advantages of Air Curtain Burners
Vegetation and plant debris present real issues after major storms and in areas where fires are a risk to homes, wildlife and people. Finding ways to dispose of this biomass safely and in an environmentally responsible way is essential to clear travel routes, eliminate underbrush that could fuel fires and promote the safest environment for people and animals. The following are some of the most important environmental advantages of air curtain burners for these tasks.

• Air Burner’s machines reduce particulate matter, such as black carbon, which can be caused by burning vegetation as a disposal method. This can provide real and immediate benefits for the surrounding environment. By recapturing most of the emissions produced by the burning process, these advanced disposal options reduce the carbon footprint of businesses, agencies and organizations.

• The emissions produced by burning biomass such as wood, vegetation and plant materials are different than those created by fossil fuel consumption. Biomass carbon dioxide emissions are classified as biogenic. This means that the burning process releases only the amount of carbon dioxide that the plant or tree took in during its lifetime through photosynthesis. This is much less damaging to the environment than the release of fossil fuel emissions.

• Another major benefit of air curtain burner systems is their ability to accept wood, brush and other vegetative waste and debris without preprocessing. This eliminates  emissions that can result from chippers and grinders that run on diesel fuel and must be transported to the area where disposal of vegetation is required.

• As well as delivering practical and easy-to-use disposal options, the PGFireBox system captures heat energy and converts it into electricity. This can assist a location in becoming self-sustainable on its own power and can ensure the most efficient use of available resources when disposing of excess vegetation.

Financial Benefits of Air Curtain Burner Systems
Finding innovative ways to fund forestry, landscaping or land-clearing activities will help these organizations or companies to maintain a solid financial position while carrying out their missions or supporting their projects. The most impactful financial benefits of these advanced biomass disposal methods are as follows.

• Production of biochar is an important end product of burning vegetative waste in air curtain burners. Biochar can be sold to landscaping companies, agricultural businesses and other commercial concerns for use in enriching soil and restoring important nutrients to depleted areas. It can also be retained for use in landscaping activities, which will reduce the cost of purchasing fertilizers and other chemical treatments for soil. Biochar production and sales can be an important addition to revenue streams.

• By generating power and feeding it back into the local electrical grid, organizations and businesses can receive financial rewards from these utilities. In some cases, the PGFireBox can generate enough electricity to offset use by companies and organizations to a significant degree. This can cut utility costs to promote stronger financial situations for forestry agencies, landscapers and construction firms.
By integrating systems such as the PGFireBox into regular workflows and activities, companies and agencies can promote the healthier environments while protecting their financial bottom line.

Author: Brian O'Connor
President, Air Burners Inc.