- The £2.2m Feedstock Improvement project will be led by biomass specialists Forest Fuels and Uniper Technologies
- University of Sheffield’s PACT Facilities and the University of Leeds will also work on the 18 month project
- A prototype plant which will pre-treat different forms of biomass to remove impurities will be built near Retford, Nottinghamshire
A prototype plant will be built near Retford, Nottinghamshire, to pre-treat biomass feedstocks to remove impurities. The cleaned feedstocks will then be blended and combustion tested at the University of Sheffield’s Pilot scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) Facilities, with expert support provided by the University’s Energy 2050 Institute. The project is being managed by Forest Fuels with Uniper providing technical leadership on the project as well as carrying out analysis on the treated and untreated biomass feedstocks. The University of Leeds is also a partner on the project and will test the ash produced during combustion testing.
Biomass fuels, including waste wood, arboricultural and forestry residues, and purpose-grown biomass feedstocks such as Miscanthus, often contain undesirable contaminants, picked up for example during harvesting, transport or storage. The idea behind the project is that this pre-treatment process will reduce such concentrations and therefore deliver downstream operational benefits and value.
The ETI project will use various biomass feedstocks including waste wood, energy crops and other waste arisings to test the process.
If successful, this process could lead to lower environmental and operating costs for power producers leading to a lower cost of low carbon energy.
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UPDATE: Because of delays in the practical demonstration of this new type of technology the difficult decision has been taken to discontinue the BioFIP project as the project could not be completed within the operating lifetime of the ETI.
This project was commissioned to show how the removal of impurities and contaminated material by washing from different types of sustainable biomass could widen the range of biomass available for use in the UK, reduce end user costs, increase efficiencies and deliver greenhouse gas savings.
As there remains value in demonstrating the technology, it is the intention of all project participants to explore other avenues for the continuation of the work undertaken to date.