Biomass Storage Overview

As the demand for natural materials and alternative energy sources has grown, so has the number of investments in biomass facilities. We’ve witnessed a striking number of new biomass power plants and pellet mills that utilize wood in the past decade. We’ve also seen investments into processing nonwoody, cellulosic materials like hemp, miscanthus, stover, and […]

How to Consistently Blend Biomass

Prior to 2020, Drax, a British power supplier, purchased fuel pellets based on volume. They learned during that time that not all pellets are created equal. The company was paying the same price for fuel no matter its BTU value. This meant the company was paying more per BTU in some shiploads than others, and […]

Considerations for Conveyors that Handle Hot Materials

At thirteen years old, I didn’t realize polystyrene would melt in the microwave. So, I expected my foam bowl to hold up as I heated my instant mac and cheese. Of course, I was disappointed in the result, if not a bit hangry as I avoided what plastic-tainted noodles I could as I ate supper. […]

SMART Containers vs. Silos: Four Advantages

Tall, vertical silos are the go-to technology for storing large volumes of material. However, they aren’t the best solution for every application, and recent innovations in competing technologies make the alternatives worth considering. Horizontal silos—SMART Containers from Biomass Engineering & Equipment in specific—offer advantages over traditional silos. We’ve highlighted four of these here. SMART Containers […]

Tax Credits Now Applied to Residential Biomass Heat

Biomass Energy Gets Recognition in Law 2020 provided plenty to complain about, but it ended with some good news for the biomass industry. The December COVID-19 relief act (aka the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021) adds biomass thermal heating systems to the renewable energy systems eligible for receiving tax credits. It also extends those credits […]

Comparing Screeners for Bulk Material Handling

Choosing the right screener for your process and material is important to ensure your manufacturing system runs efficiently with as little downtime as possible. In this article, we’ll explore several types of screeners and the applications for which they’re most suited. Screeners we’ll discuss include gyratory screens, flip-flow screens, trommel screens, grizzly screens, finger screens, […]

Cost to Operate Inclined Chain Conveyors

Incline conveyors cost more to operate than horizontal conveyors, right? After all, they need more power, and they incur a lot of downtime when a chain breaks. Plus, the extra supports they require increases the cost of installation significantly. Actually, no. It’s not intuitive to many people, but the opposite is true—for our SMART Conveyors™, […]

How We Account for Inclines in Chain Conveyors

Our drag-chain conveyors are unique in that our paddles do not touch the floors or sidewalls. This design has many advantages—namely, it increases efficiency and decreases wear. However, the design has its challenges in inclines, especially with free-flowing materials flowing around the paddles. But they’re challenges, not roadblocks, and we’ve learned to overcome them. When […]

Roller/Rotary Debarkers from BE&E

Manufacturers often turn to drum debarkers for high-volume demands. These machines come with some major drawbacks, however, which have been addressed by roller (or rotary) debarkers. In short, drum debarkers: Require time-intensive maintenance (replacing rifters takes a crew of welders weeks to accomplish) Commonly form cracks from corrosion Require large, expensive components (e.g. 500-hp drives, […]

Conveyor Support Structure Cost

A trade magazine we read recently published an edition with an air-supported belt conveyor featured prominently on its cover. Over it were the words, “Competitive Edge” and “Money-Saving Strategies.” We laughed when we saw it because the support structure for the conveyor must have cost an arm and a leg. The article accompanying the image […]