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Bixby Energy Systems, Inc. was founded by Robert Walker in June of 2001. Already a successful inventor/entrepreneur Walker invented the Sleep Number Bed and began marketing it through Select Comfort Corporation, a company he and his wife JoAnn founded in 1987. Select Comfort grew rapidly into a company with more than 400 stores and sales in excess of $700 million. Select Comfort is today ranked as the #1 bedding retailer in the U.S. by Furniture Today magazine.

After retiring from Select Comfort, Walker became concerned with the developing energy crisis and the real possibility that the world was running out of fossil fuels. The increasing concern with global warming also made him realize that new energy solutions would be needed in the future. In 2000, when energy prices skyrocketed, he began researching alternative energy in earnest and quickly learned that the waste materials of the world, biomass, municipal solid waste, sewage, wood waste, even rubber tires carried huge potential as new energy sources. He also realized that the key to harvesting and processing these materials so that they could eventually be utilized as alternative fuels required developing an efficient, cohesive acquisition and transportation system that could efficiently and economically access this potential.

Bixby Energy’s research in this new energy arena resulted in the development of the MaxFire biomass stove in the fall of 2004. Capable of burning dry shelled corn, wood and biomass pellets to 99.7% efficiency, the MaxFire today represents the state-of-the-art in stove technology. That year, Bixby also acquired a transportation company with a unique delivery method that would become


Written by Casey McConnell

April 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Posted in Bioenergy

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