Biomass / Pelletizing:
Biomass & Pelletizing -- Liberating Untapped Energy.
Biomass systems from Vecoplan process and prepare all types of lignocellulosic biomass to be used as a feedstock for the production of fuel. Biomass refers to all organic matter, or in other words, the material that all plants and animals, living or dead, are made-up of. Lignocellulose, composed of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is the technical term for plant matter. Since plants live and grow they are, by nature, a renewable resource. Wood has been, and continues to be, the most common type of renewable biomass utilized as fuel, but virtually all biomass can be used to generate energy. Vecoplan mechanical preparation systems maximize the effective and efficient reclamation of energy from any lignocellulosic biomass feedstock.
In addition to harvested wood and forestry residues, these feedstocks include energy crops and agricultural residues, as well as biowaste found in commercial, industrial and consumer waste streams. Vecoplan has built systems that process all of these biomass feedstocks. These systems range from simple to sophisticated. It depends on the composition of the biomass fed into the system and the type of fuel that it is being converted to. Conversion of biomass to biofuel is achieved by methods broadly classified as: thermal, chemical and biochemical. Vecoplan has experience building feedstock prep systems for all of these biofuel conversion methods.
The basic categories - thermal, chemical and biochemical - of converting biomass into biofuels encompass a broad range of conversion technologies that produce an even larger spectrum of end-product fuels. Biomass conversion technologies include gasification, plasma gasification, plasma arc gasification, torrefaction, pyrolysis, thermal depolymerization, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biological treatment (MBT), and fermentation. These technologies convert biomass into fuels such as syngas, methane, methanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, other biofuels, other second-generation liquid transportation fuels, or pellets from biomass pellet fuel production.
The sustainable management of our biomass resources must play a vital role, if we free ourselves from fossil fuel dependency. Sustainable management of our biomass resources not only refers to growing and harvesting plants in an ecologically sound manner. It also means that the biomass must be converted to biofuel in an effective, efficient, and economically feasible manner. Put simply – companies will not make biofuel, unless they can also make money.
Biofuel systems, from Vecoplan, are an integral part of this equation. Vecoplan delivers turnkey systems that process biomass as a feedstock for a wide variety of biofuel conversion technologies. These include technologies that produce biofuels in solid, liquid and gas forms. Vecoplan systems ensure that the biomass feedstock is prepared precisely to fit the specifications needed for a particular biofuel conversion technology like a biofuel pellet machine, paper pellet equipment, or for wood pelletizing equipment.
The biomass pelleting machinery included in Vecoplan prep systems is determined by the composition of the biomass feeding into the system and the specifications required on the prepared material that will be fed into a particular biofuel conversion technology such as wood pelletizer equipment. Biomass pellet machines and technologies available from Vecoplan for biomass conversion prep systems include: Receiving stations, Primary size reduction, Screening, Air classification, Metals separation, Optical sorting, Secondary shredding, Storage, Testing, Metered feeding, Conveying between workstations, and Integrated controls for the entire system. Most systems employ some, but not all of these.
Knowing which to specify and how to incorporate the best technologies to get the job done is the key to success. Vecoplan has the expertise to ensure the effective and efficient processing of your biomass pellets and thereby the profitability of your biofuel system.