Sulfur Recirculation and Improved Material Selection for High Temperature Corrosion Abatement

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund AB in Sweden has installed their Sulfur Recirculation technology in one of the two Waste-to Energy lines at Maabjerg Energy Center (MEC) in Denmarkm in order to combat high temperature corrosion. “Sulfur Recirculation and Improved Material Selection for High Temperature Corrosion Abatement, investigating different aspects of corrosion memory” is a new very interesting report by ENERGIFORSK / KME. Check it out here.


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The Biomass Ash Chart – BY BIOFACT: ash content for 500+ biomass fuels

The Biomass Ash Chart – BY BIOFACT is a high quality synthetic plot of the amounts of the Inorganic Fraction for 500+ solid biomass fuels. The fuels are belonging to different classes (20+) such as stem woods, barks, straws and grasses, shells and husks, fruits and residues, animal and industrial wastes. Median values for fossil fuels are included for comparison.

It is useful to expand your overview on the renewable fuels portfolio.

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UE Electricity from biomass: figures 2019

“Energy production from biomass is a decisive component of the energy transition. Currently, 180 TWh of electricity is produced from biomass in Europe, which means that biomass accounts for 19 % of renewable electricity generation.

Biomass is used as a fuel in thermal power plants or is fermented to produce methane in biogas plants. Biomass power plants perform the same tasks for the stability of the electricity grid as fossil-fired power plants. They are suitable for base load as well as for the supply of balancing and control power. In addition, it is also possible to convert coal-fired power plants to biomass in order to continue using existing sites.

Biogas is usually used in gas engines to generate electricity or can be feeded into the natural gas grid. This contributes a considerable storage potential.

Biomass power plants and biogas plants can be used both in centralized and distributed systems. Biomass, as an all-round renewable energy source, is therefore an indispensable component of future energy supply systems.”

Source text and pictures: VGB report;

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New Year, new look. BIOFACT Fuel Dashboard for 2019

Thanks to feedback from users, further development and giving a response to the need of digitization of the reports, with the need of an online accessible dashboard, we are glad to present the new version (5.0) of the BIOFACT tool for the biomass and waste fuels advanced characterization.

Here some snapshots!

We would be very glad to get your feedback!

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BIOFACT successfully applied for analysing RDF fuel delivered to two side-by-side boilers

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Woody biomass role in EU 20% target for RE consumption and influences on pellets trade

How are the EU member states contributing to the 20% target for EU’s renewable energy consumption? Which role for woody biomass and how this influences pellets trade?

A recent paper by Proskurina et al. (Biomass & Bioenergy; discusses this interesting topic. Among the conclusions:

  • For countries that already reach their national biomass targets or have a difference less than 15%, woody biomass plays an important role for electricity generation and H&C sector, mostly for Finland and Austria.
    Finland, Romania, Austria and Sweden have a large biomass potential.
  • Countries whose biomass still needs to increase from 15% to 30% have a realistic likelihood of reaching their own local biomass targets. Denmark, Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Slovakia are likely to increase woody biomass use for heat and electricity production.

  • In countries whose required biomass share increase is more than 30%, France and the UK have huge domestic energy consumption, thus, the development of renewables in these countries is crucial. Belgium and the Netherlands have woody biomass demand higher than potential.

Reported trends can be compared with new data from Schipfer et al. (CEBC, 2017, here) presenting their report (here) about the International wood pellet trade for Small-scale heating in the EU. Further details concerning the global wood pellets industry (2017 update) here.

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Japan bioenergy development: BIOFACT 4.0 fuel report for Palm Kernel Shells

Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly. The majority of global demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2018 is expected to come, due to energy policy, from Japan and South Korea.

In Japan, the market is supported by a feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme which provides a 20-year subsidy to firms producing renewable energy. By March 2017 almost 12GW of biomass projects had been approved under the FIT scheme. Industrial groups are moving in this direction, as an example, ENGIE recently signed a 15-year biomass supply contract with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Biomass type used in Japan, in general, will be industrial pellets (from Canada, US, Vietnam, Russia) and low grade biomass such as palm kernel shells (PKS) mainly imported from Indonesia and Malaysia.

BIOFACT was recently involved in the analysis of a sample of Palm Kernel Shells. The results are reported in the following.

Download the BIOFACT Fuel Report for a Sample of Palm Kernel Shells
(The results are related to the specific sample: do not represent generalised fuel behaviour)


  • Wood Bioenergy, October 2017.
  • Forward 2/2017 (Valmet).
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