Biomass and Renewable Energy – A Market on the Move

Biomass energy is a hot topic. With a consumption increase of over 60% from 2002 to 2013, it’s easy to see why this sector is growing at such a rapid rate. Biomass is defined as “biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. Both plant and animal.” Even though wood is considered to be the most prolific source of biomass energy, agriculture is currently producing huge amounts of biomass residue that can be converted to energy.  In 2013, half of all the renewable energy consumed worldwide came from biomass, with the U.S. number coming in at 5%.  (That 5% is enough power to accommodate close to a half a million homes.) The U.K. and Europe are already on the fast track to successful biomass energy platforms, and it’s catching on across the globe. According to recent reports, the use of biomass for energy could change the face of agriculture and provide farmers in the U.S. alone up to $20 billion in new income.   

 

The goal is to convert crop residue, manure and other agricultural byproducts into renewable energy sources. As farmers are learning how to capture and store these resources, they are gaining new revenue streams by producing energy while reducing disposal costs. According to Ag Energy Solutions, farmers can profit from “manure, corn stalks, woody-brush, or even weeds and grasses. By utilizing more of the biological material that grows on the farm, farmers can gain more value from each acre. And because biomass is renewable, and it’s easy to replace harvested trees or crops; these energy-rich waste materials are sustainable indefinitely.”

 

In addition to large, industrial facilities, farmers are beginning to construct buildings (within the guidelines and regulations of their rural area) specifically designed to house biomass. These multifunctional structures are made to store and protect the contents from moisture while creating space to burn and/or transport the material to biomass processing plants.  And Hydroswing® is there too. Our single panel hydraulic doors offer almost complete seal-ability, and with the wide variety of size options, they are the right door at the right time in the right sector.  

 

A current article in Biomass Magazine stated the “USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. With regard to bioenergy, the loan program can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass.” 

With the ability to retro fit to existing buildings or apply to new build, the Hydroswing® adds size, ease of use and value to the processes in the biomass and renewable sector and can easily withstand the rigors of waste and recycling.  Pre hung in its own frame, the Hydroswing® can deliver zero load and reaction to the building is required to be fitted to a tensile or none structural building. Whether high cycling rates or long periods for seasonal storage and holding buildings, the Hydroswing® hydraulic door provides a greater array of working and process efficiencies than traditional sectional, overhead or roller doors with industry leading ROI.

The way we capture and use energy is changing.  The E.U. is already dedicated to the cause and has a goal of 20% of their energy being created by renewables by 2020. The U.S. is catching up and hopes to have 25% dedicated to the same faction by 2015. Hydroswing® remains on the cutting edge of all sectors of industry by providing a product that will easily adapt and play a role in existing facilities and new facilities that are being built to promote this commitment to new energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adaptability and Compatability - Hydroswing in Agricultural Construction

Post frame construction has its deep roots in agriculture. This kind of building came to prominence in the 1930s. Poles (usually telephone poles which in turn lead to the name “pole barn”) were sunk into the ground and steel roofing and siding was put into place to complete the structure. This was a short list for foundational material and it simplified the barn construction process. The telephone poles were later replaced by chemically treated sawn posts, then metal plates were introduced that connected the trusses and roof spans began to increase. Later, laminated posts made the scene and all the buildings were able to go taller as well. Today, post frame construction is still extremely efficient and is used worldwide for an array of projects, and remains the leading choice for agricultural and storage buildings.

There are a number of door choices that go hand-in-hand with post frame construction, but if you consider maximum opening dimension, least impact on building, maximum strength and sealability, lowest in service life costs, reliability, massively reduced moving parts and greater safety as the driving criteria... the single panel hydraulic door system will make the most sense. The agriculture and farming industry revolves heavily around hydraulics, so it’s easy to see why the Hydroswing® has become the premier door for farm machinery sheds big and small.

The post frame build can vary tremendously depending on the size and scope of the end structure. Hydroswing® can fit and/or retro fit almost any pole barn or post frame building with doors as large as 40' tall to 150' wide. If you need reduced building height/cost WITHOUT reduced door opening dimension, reduced part count in the structural mechanism of the door (no pulleys of any kind), integral pre hung frame with little dependence on building structure for strength, the ability to clad with more options than simply a 28 gauge steel sheet, have the same thermal properties as the building walls, almost 100% sealability to frame, self install simplicity, little or no in life service costs and lifelong reliability, as well as limitless window and man door options… then Hydroswing® is your answer. And, the Hydroswing® door is a perfect solution for replacing slider doors and roller doors. You can also enlarge your existing opening by replacing an inefficient bi-fold door.

 

Pre engineered metal buildings (PEB’s) have also been prominent in agricultural settings. The structures originally became popular during World War II for barracks and maintenance facilities that required no welding and could be bolted-up for simple construction. After the war, the industry continued to blossom. With the power of computer aided design (CAD), today’s metal buildings can be applied to almost any non-residential use. The Hydroswing® fits easily into new construction or is the ideal choice for replacing an outdated or beyond economic repair door such as a bifold, slider or top hung.

 

 The concept behind Hydroswing’s strong, single-panel, hydraulic design was born and bred by the demand for a more efficient door from the farmers and ranchers in the rural area. Hydroswing® quickly became the door of choice for savvy ag industry professionals across the country. Although the Hydroswing phenomenon now reaches across a variety of industries, the agricultural customer remains the backbone of the business.  Hydroswing® doors are engineered specifically to provide a cost-effective solution to meet the demands of the agricultural industry. Hydroswing® delivers strength, efficiency and reliability, utilizing the same hydraulic technology that you use on your heavy equipment every day to get the job done. Why would you trust anything less for your doors?

 

The Original Hydroswing - Still the First, Still the Best

"Original" is defined as "present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest." and "something serving as a model or basis for imitations or copies." In the world of hydraulic doors, original can simply be defined as "Hydroswing." Since its creation in 1996, the Hydroswing® has been the benchmark for single panel hydraulic door systems. With necessity being the mother of invention, it was only a matter of time before bifold and roller doors would be eclipsed by hydraulics, a more efficient option for aviation, agriculture and architecture sectors. Hydroswing® brought the revolution and continues to be the leader.

 

Being the original hydraulic door manufacturer, we have always had an outstanding product. Nonetheless, we had a few stumbling blocks in our early production structure and knew we had to make some changes and come to our buyers more cost effectively. Hydroswing® is now being manufactured in ISO 9001 approved global manufacturing plants allowing for a 25+% price cost reduction in the final product. We are hitting the market again with the original high quality hydraulic doors, but at a bifold price, square foot for square foot. We are changing the dynamics of the marketplace.

Hydroswing® door copies, usually offered by bifold manufacturers, are popping up regularly. But, keep in mind that if you're not buying directly from Hydroswing®, it's NOT a Hydroswing®. Currently, we are the only distributor of the original Hydroswing®, and anything else is just a knock-off. Look for our "H" logo... if you don't find it, it's not ours.

 

We'll custom manufacture a door in any size as large as 40' tall and 150' wide. Our customers are choosing the Hydroswing® door for security, wind load strength, and overall building use and efficiency.

 

More Originals to Come...

The fact that the Hydroswing® Door is pre hung in its very own load bearing frame, allowed for an evolution. Following many requests for the growing use of ISO shipping containers for architecture, military and commercial industries, the patent pending "plug and play" door for ISO Containers emerged. The ISO DOOR™ simply locks onto the side, ends or links between side or ends of the the ISO shipping container utilizing the ISO "tandelock" quick attach. This is the "missing link" for container shelter doors for mining and military operations as well as many other industries. It also allows instant re-purposing of the old shipping container and effective building of shipping container shelters of any size. With Hydroswing® providing a superior door solution, there are now endless possibilities for mobile shelters for UAV's, mining, exploration equipment and disaster relief operations.

 

The original Hydroswing® product now serves many sectors and sizes. A growing number of door problems are solved with simple, efficient and strong product. The design team is now located in various countries, all with valuable input to the Hydroswing® brand. Building on 10+ years of design and engineering expertise from the USA, Hydroswing® continues to bring the hydraulic overhead to the next generation.

Efficiency in Agriculture - Hydraulic Doors Keeping Pace with Technology

There was a time when oxen and horses were used for power, basic wooden plows tilled the fields, all sowing was done by hand, cultivating was done by hoe, and hay and grain was cut with sickles. By 1837, John Deere and Leonard Andrus began manufacturing steel plows and a practical threshing machine was patented. The first gasoline tractor was built by John Froelich 1892 and the first commercially successful (gasoline-powered) general purpose tractor in was in production.

 

 

From 1920-1940, farm production made large strides. The use of mechanized power expanded and by the 50’s the number of tractors on farms finally exceeded the number horses and mules for the first time. The 60’s saw 96% of cotton harvested mechanically, and the 70’s and 80’s brought self-propelled combines, and more efficient equipment. By the 90’s, farmers were using satellite technology to track and plan their farming practices. The new millennium has advanced agricultural technology to an even further by introducing smart phones, tablets and portable computers to the cabs of tractors, trucks and combines. It’s a new world for farmers.

 

Over the past century, agriculture has been strongly influenced by enhanced mechanization, but even more so by how humans operate those machines. Though the fundamentals of agricultural machinery are basically the same, the technology, size, scope and capabilities have evolved dramatically. Keeping pace with the changes is how farmers “house” their equipment.  Over the last decade the single panel hydraulic agricultural door has become the “door of choice” for farmers across the country. Doors for agriculture machine sheds and doors for barns are transitioning from roller, slider and bi-fold doors towards the superior technology of the hydraulic door.

 

 

Strong and well sealed, the hydraulic door is easy to install on pole barns, post & frame buildings and pre engineered steel buildings. The Hydroswing® agricultural door can be found on thousands of farms across the country and is taking its place among the farming world’s technological advances.  Hydroswing hydraulic doors are also an easy way for farmers to enlarge existing openings in sheds and barns.

Door markets in the United States are keeping pace with modern technology and have started to move toward efficiency and “in life” service cost. Reduced pricing and quality workmanship are quickly making hydraulic doors one of the many advances that simplify and improve agriculture.