Who We Are:
Show Me Energy Cooperative (SMEC), located in Centerview, Missouri, is a biomass aggregation and processing facility. We are a producer owned cooperative, meaning that the member-farmers own the facility. We have successfully operated commercially for over four years, surviving off of our own profits and without subsidies. The facility was built with the equity the farmers paid into the cooperative.
What We Do:
We receive biomass from our farmer members, and custom process it according to the needs of the customer. We have the unique ability to process virtually any type of biomass (grasses, crop residue, and wood). Our processing skills have been refined through our own research and development here on site. We can process these biomass products down to any mil length desired, and then blend them with other ingredients to deliver the exact product our customers want. The processed material can then be shipped in a finely ground form, or the customer may choose to have them pelletized. Our typical pellets are ¼ inch x ¾ inch in size. Processed material can be shipped in bulk, or in super tote bags that weigh approximately one ton. Our customized biomass processing is used by the cattle feed industry, liquid fuels research, heating, and electrical generation; each of these requires different processing recipes.
Where We Are Going:
Our research and development never stops here at Show Me Energy Cooperative. We have actively sought liquid fuels technology partners, and utilize third party engineers to validate each technology we consider. Through collaborations thus far, we have made high-grade bio-fuels (such as bio-jet fuel) from our grass mixtures. Our next stage is to actually construct and operate an integrated bio-fuels facility that will in addition to the bio-fuels, produce a wide variety of other products and bi-products.