In USA was created the first sustainable biomass fuel. It can be used in traditional coal-fired plants, Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining journal reported.
USA-based Munro & Associates with Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC (BEE) and UK-based Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) created the first sustainable biomass fuel. It can be used in traditional coal-fired plants as either a co-mixed fuel with coal or independently without changing the infrastructure of the plant.
Moreover, current coal-fired plants can experience significantly reduced pollution emissions.
Created by BEE new drying process allows biofuels to be generated from materials that would not have been suitable or viable before, such as waste wood, diseased and invasive crops or trees.
Final product is hydrophobic, which subsequently reduces distribution, transportation and storage costs.
Munro's engineers worked with the BEE team to create a highly scalable, mobile and "flexible in the field" process that can be moved anywhere in the world. This creates a massive savings in regards to moving the raw potential biomass to a facility, rather than move the scalable facility easily and cheaply to set up onsite.
"Our primary goal was to make the unusable usable," said Chas Fritz, CEO of BEE. "According to the U.S. Department of Energy, over 93 million tons of forestry residues are left to rot each year in the U.S. alone and the global figure is vastly higher. That doesn't include waste timber from sawmills, construction sites and other industrial uses such as redundant railroad ties. Our process converts all of that material into high-energy fuel, benefitting the environment in numerous ways."
Via: Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining journal