Feedstock Analysis

EBRI is able to undertake analysis of feedstocks for business and industry. Tests can determine:

  • Calorific value (maximum amount of energy that can be extracted)
  • Ash content (the fraction of the feedstock with no energy value)
  • Biomass content (what fraction of the total carbon present comes from biomass, the rest would come from fossil fuel. This value will determine whether the process is eligible for government incentives for the generation of heat and power from renewable energy sources)
  • Moisture content (affects the overall efficiency of the system the amount of water present in the feedstock will be directly proportional to the amount of energy required to heat up that water to the process temperature. This energy cannot generally be recovered)
  • Volatile matter
  • Ash melting behaviour
  • Composition (essential to predict and control the amount and type of the emissions)

The testing services EBRI offers can determine the bioenergy technologies a feedstock might be suitable for and this will aide bioenergy development planning.

Classifications like ‘virgin’ or ‘non-virgin’ are especially important in feasibility studies and optimisation of the business strategy where the feedstock price might have a crucial role in the economic model. The prices can drastically vary from having a negative value (gate fees) for non-virgin feedstocks like municipal solid waste, to hundreds of pounds per tonne for virgin good quality wood pellets.

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