Biomass industry, especially biomass briquettes production, is a huge opportunity for the UK. It can bring clean electricity and heat, greater energy security, economic development in both rural and urban areas, and new green jobs. It is one of the major new growth opportunities that can help the UK economy out of recession.
Then why biomass briquette has such magic? That’s because it has the potential to both displace fossil fuels, and reduce the effect of climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide during biomass briquettes production. It is also possible that biomass can reduce the UK’s dependence on energy imports and boost the rural economy. Besides, biomass residue resources from ongoing UK activities, such as agriculture, forestry and industrial processes, were found to represent a continuous and robust resource option for the UK biomass briquettes production, potentially contributing up to 6.5% of primary energy demand by 2050.
The Leading Biomass Briquette Plants in the UK
In the past year the new £24m Balcas Biomass Plant on the Cromarty Firth Industrial Park opened for business. The plant will produce 100,000 tonnes of briquettes, which is enough to heat 20,000 homes each year. The plant, which uses sawdust and other wood fiber, is entirely self sufficient and provides a further 5 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid. Meanwhile the Agronomy Institute on Orkney has planted 150,000 willows to start the production of biomass briquettes as a green, clean form of heating for homes.
Miscanthus Briquette Machine is hot in the UK
UK farmers grow 10,000ha (24,710 acres) of miscanthus, which is ideal materials for biomass briquettes production. Densification is one clear benefit to briquetting miscanthus where densities can rise from 300kg/t for bales to 1,400Kg/tonne. Straightforwardly produced at relatively low cost within biomass briquetting machine, miscanthus briquettes are a low cost, high energy content and consistent format fuel. Most important, they offer the consumer a green alternative to fossil fuel briquettes with no environmental impact. Miscanthus briquettes are well suited to co-firing alongside coal, or alongside wood or straw fuels within dedicated biomass plants and make an excellent consistent fuel for gasification power generation.
Facts about Miscanthus Briquettes
★ In terms of price, Miscanthus is directly competitive with conventional fossil fuel heating sources, such as oil.
★ Biomass heating could contribute to as much as 3% of the of the total UK energy requirements
★ 1 tonne of Miscanthus can produce 4 MW hours of heat which is about the same as that generated from 500 liters of heating oil
★ The density of Miscanthus briquettes is around 600kg/M³
★ Low Moisture Content, Briquettes circa 12%
★ Ash – 3% typical, Melting temp 1,090degC, Sulphur 0.1%
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