Wood Fired Services
The search for alternatives to familiar fuels like coal, oil and gas delivered a variety of solid biomass in the past years. Things like wood, straw, cocoa shells, rice hulls, babassu and jatropha nuts, animal meal, etc. The expertise of Ingenia focuses on waste and residues.
The availability of biomass is frequently limited to a geographical region and a spot-price. Several examples from the past have shown that an excessive demand create an imbalance in the market. Also, the biomass market in many places is affected by other markets such as food and feed. Proper care in attaining the right balance is therefor required. The potential contribution of biomass as a whole in the global energy supply is large and offers many opportunities. In particular wastes are often present in large quantities and form an attractive alternative in view of durability and economy.
Ingenia has an extensive knowledge of both liquid and solid biomass in the area of technical characteristics, suitability for in-service or full conversion of combustion plants. Possible points of interest may be: storage stability, grindability, influence on bottom ash and fly ash, furnace temperature and flue gas emissions. Ingenia is also well aware of the markets for biomass and knows the origin and characteristics of certain materials.
A development that is increasingly gaining more and more interest is the thermal conversion of biomass through torrefaction or charcoal. With a mild heat treatment, the moisture content is reduced and fuel made brittle, which improves processability.