Expand the 2020 fuel inventory to available non-conventional biomass fuels

EU USA South America Africa South East Asia China and India
Wheat stalk Juliaflora Sugar cane bagasse (Brazil, Mexico) Elephant grass Rubber wood Sugar cane bagasse
  Soya stalk Juliaflora Juliaflora Sugar cane bagasse (Thailand) Mustard stalk
  Groundnut shell Coffee husk Coffee husk Eucalyptus (Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia) Coconut shell
  Cotton stalk Soya stalk (Brazil, Argentina) Rubber wood Rice husk Soya stalk
  Wheat stalk Acacia wood Acacia wood Coffee husk Groundnut shell
  Mesquite wood Invader bush Coconut shell (Indonesia, Philippines) Cotton stalk
  Shea tree Acacia (Australia) Wheat stalk
  Bamboo (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand) Bamboo

Fuel analyses (available for same samples, upon request) can be used to produce sample specific BIOFACT Fuel Dashboards and simulation Reports of slagging, fouling and corrosion in combustion boilers.

The previous table integrates the IEA Clean Coal Centre summary related to low grade fuels.

Contact us for additional information related to the ash related risks of different fuels for new of existing boilers.

Bio-waste boilers market changes for 2020

Bio-waste boilers market changes for 2020: decentralized solutions, local fuel sources and circular economy

  • Demand for increased fuel flexibility to lower purchasing costs
  • Trend of utilization of local renewable biomass and recycled fuels
  • Plant size trend (power units) from hundreds MWel class to 10-50 MWel class
  • Integration with decentralized energy production
  • Continuously growing requests for multi-fuel boiler design
  • Increasing penetration of WtE solutions and concepts

According to SHI FW, November 2019

Converting biomass to energy: a guide for developers and investors (2017)

Biomass resources are found almost everywhere and can become a reliable and renewable local energy source to replace fossil fuels. Energy produced from biomass can reduce reliance on an overloaded electricity grid and can replace expensive fuels used in local industries. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) presents this guide as a practical tool to help developers of and investors in biomass projects assess the technical and financial feasibility of the different biomass-to-energy options available to their businesses and industries. This guide describes all the necessary steps in the development of a biomass-to-energy project. Following this introductory chapter, the authors present an overview of the entire project development process, so that project developers have an idea of the overall process they are about to enter. Next, the guide describes biomass resources and how to secure biomass supply. This is followed by several in-depth chapters covering the technology aspects, plant design, plant procurement, construction, and operation. After the more technical aspects, the guide focus on framework conditions, investment costs, financial and economic analysis, and securing financing. Finally, the guide presents potential environmental and social considerations and concludes with a chapter on the lessons learned from implemented biomass-to-energy projects.  

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Biomass fired power capacity EU 2019-2020

Europe enters the winter period with more biomass-fired power capacity. In the Netherlands, coal-fired plants are in the commissioning stages of wood pellet co-firing.

  • Engie’s 731MW Rotterdam plant at 10%, Uniper’s 1.1GW Maasvlakte (MPP3) plant at 15% and RWE’s 777MW Eemshaven A and B units at 15%. All are expected to begin commercial co-firing this year
  • RWE’s 630MW Amer 9 plant continues to ramp up to 80% wood pellet co-firing in 2020, having reached 50% this March
  • In the UK, MGT Power’s Teeside 299MW dedicated biomass combined heat and power plant is also due to come online in 2020


In the while, outside Europe, pellet imports in South Korea rose by just 3% on the year to 1.62mn t in the first half of 2019. Japan took 750,000t of wood pellets in the first six months of 2019 — 57% more on the year. Vietnam overtook Canada as the dominant pellet supplier to Japan in the first half of this year, accounting for a 56% share.

Data from Argus Biomass Infographic 2020 markets highlights – Timeline of market movements across Europe, Asia and North America