Biomass Inventory Mapping and Analysis Tool (BIMAT)
Developing a bio-based economy - one based on products produced by plants, animals and microorganisms - requires accurate and reliable information about the biomass feedstock supply, production and harvesting costs, and environmental impacts.
Although biomass can be purpose-grown, such as switch grass intended for ethanol production, a considerable amount of it is "opportunity" biomass, biomass that's a by-product or residue of some existing industry. Agricultural residue, straw and stover from wheat, corn and other crops, is one example; woody material left over from timber harvesting and processing, or even forest fires or pest infestations is another.
Producers of bio-products need to know the types, quantities and qualities of biomass available by location to make effective use of this material.
The Biomass Inventory Mapping and Analysis Tool (BIMAT) provides that information. Accessible over the Internet, it offers interactive queries and thematic maps that can guide users to sources in Canada of precisely the kinds and amounts of feedstocks they need for their processing plants.