Recycling with Fiberight insures mainstream recyclables, like paper, plastic and metal, inadvertently tossed in the trash are recovered rather than buried in a landfill, as well as fuels an emerging recycling market to extract a significantly greater value and energy from the remaining unprocessed MSW than has not been previously possible or economically feasible.
A Renewable Approach
Fiberight’s key concepts have been “brewing” for many years with over two decades of successful business history in the waste recycling and micro-brewery industries. CEO Craig Stuart-Paul assembled a seasoned management and scientific team to develop Fiberight’s innovative solution to convert trash, otherwise destined for disposal, into a renewable fuel and energy. With expertise in the waste industry and biotech knowledge, Fiberight developed a method to produce ethanol and biogas. Fiberight differs from other biofuel manufacturers in our knowledge of plant design, waste processing, and expertise regarding enzymatic hydrolysis to build a profitable and solution-driven business. This proprietary method can be implemented in a “mini-mill” concept, with plant facilities easily sited in urban or industrial locations within close proximity to feedstock (trash) and renewable fuel markets.
Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. As a leading edge clean technology company, our team focuses on transforming municipal solid waste (MSW) and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol as the core product. Pilot plant facilities have been on-going since 2008. In November 2009, Fiberight purchased a shuttered first generation corn ethanol plant in Blairstown, IA with the intent retrofit for second generation ethanol production. Initial stage investment for the Iowa plant will enable the company to commence the production of 6 MMgy cellulosic ethanol using MSW. Fiberight is targeting rapid expansion of its proto-type commercial plants in markets with 100,000 or more population, with a focus on those communities with disposal limitations and high tipping fees.
Key Competitive Advantages
- Plentiful Feedstock – Fiberight takes advantage of an abundant high-energy sources of municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock by locating facilities where waste is generated.
- Existing Collection Infrastructure – Fiberight works with existing solid waste haulers to ensure waste is delivered without disruption of service or waste generators having to change how waste is managed on their end.
- Competitive Tipping Fee - Fiberight tipping fee for feedstock supply is the same as or, in most cases lower than, what waste generators pay for disposal now.
- Streamlined Ethanol Production – Fiberight’s targeted organic processes, pretreatment methods and enzyme recycling system has been perfected, using a low temperature proprietary technolgy and a closed-loop water system, to manage costs. Fiberight offers a low operating cost business model at significantly more attractive and stable margins than other cellulosic ethanol models, such as gasification to syngas or acid hydrolysis.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint – Fiberight’s clean technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to the production of petroleum based fuels.
- Replicable Business Model – Fiberight utilizes an efficient “mini-mill” plant facility, with 50,000 square foot operations, that can be constructed at much lower initial capital investment due to the smaller scale, closed-loop system and streamlined permitting process. Lower plant investment cost enables initial market viability at reasonable feedstock input and production rates. Transportation and feedstock logistics are much simpler.