Biomass briquettes have the potential to be an increasingly cost competitive renewable energy source in Australia, and still to make a valuable contribution to the overall energy system mainly because of its very low price and the fact that it is renewable. There is still considerable scope for making better use of the existing biomass energy supplies and also for developing new supplies.
Why develop charcoal briquettes industry in Australia?
Biomass energy can potentially reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reduce the country’s reliance on oil. The future development of the Australian biomass industry is reliant on a sustainable and economically attractive feedstock supply. Coal is likely to continue dominating Australia’s electricity generation mix, but a shift to low carbon fuels is expected as a result of the national government’s ambition of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Here, charcoal briquettes are the right answer.
Besides, Australia has an abundance of sustainable biomass resources that are currently underutilized, including forestry residues (Australia has 1,581,000 km2 forest areas and total forestry residues can be 23 million tonnes per year)and agricultural wastes (e.g., sugarcane, corn, wheat, rice, cotton, sorghum).These biomass resources are located across all the states of Australia, with most regions engaged in agriculture and forestry production producing substantial waste biomass that could be used to support charcoal briquettes production.
Charcoal briquetting technology in Australia
Charcoal briquettes are a renewable and GHG neutral fuel alternative for old coal fired heaters and boilers as well as being able to be used in a range of modern combustion systems in Australia. It can be made from two different methods: turning the wood wastes into charcoal dust then making briquettes from the dust or carbonizing wood briquettes to charcoal briquettes. To make high quality charcoal briquettes, a proper and reliable charcoal briquette machine is necessary, which is professionally designed to press the low bulk density biomass materials into high density and energy concentrated hollow fuel briquettes by high temperature and high pressure technical process. The finished charcoal briquettes have proved to be a very popular alternative to fossil fuel based domestic, district and industrial heating systems and small to large scale Combined Heat and Power Plants in Australia.
The world’s largest briquette manufacturer in Australia
Plantation Energy Australia which recently opened its first biomass briquettes factory is in its quest to become the world’s largest briquette manufacturer. It has also signed deals with two major European power companies for the purchase of briquettes, giving it a foothold in the growing European market for green energy supplies. The new briquette plant, located near Albany in Western Australia, is capable of producing 125,000 tonnes of briquettes a year and is the first plant of its kind to in Australia.
Plantation Energy’s ability to catch the eye of large European power companies will help boost the Australian timber industry’s “green” credentials.