Tag Archives: biomass

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. […]

Drag Conveyors Would Help Lignocellulosic Ethanol Plants

In May 2018, Purdue University announced it had received a $1.8 million grant to study ways to break down lignocellulosic biomass into slurry. According to Purdue, what prompted this grant is that lignocellulosic biomass at ethanol plants too often plugs the augers used to convey it, which forces the plants to shut down while maintenance […]