Biomass Energy Systems for Steam, Power, and Fuel Production

AIChE Webinar
Originally delivered Nov 6, 2009

Biomass is a renewable fuel that can be used to produce energy and reduce operating costs. For the CEP, it can also be used to produce chemicals. An added benefit is that use of biomass for fuel is considered carbon neutral. While biomass is new to some industries, it is commonplace in the forest products industry, where wood waste has long provided steam and power. Utilities and independent power producers are now joining the bandwagon, building new plants and converting coal fired plants to wood fuel, or co-burning 5-10% of coal in utility boilers. Different from coal, biomass produces clean energy at substantially lower costs, because it has much lower sulfur content and lower fuel costs. Non-forest product firms are adding capacity to produce hot oil, hot gas for dryers, and chemicals (in particular, ethanol via acid or gasification routes), all from biomass, and most often from wood waste.

This webinar covers the subject from the forest to stack. The emphasis is on the tried and true, with diagrams and photographs of actual equipment and installations. Guidance is provided on feasibility studies and costing, with the goal of supplying webinar attendees with the tools needed to choose and implement a biomass energy system.

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