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Biomass Combustion Offers 3-to-1 Fuel Cost Reduction

By Scott Jenkins |

Among the most pressing concerns for the chemical process industries (CPI) are weathering the global economic recession and dealing with anticipated carbon emissions regulations. Switching from oil and gas to biomass for fuel in a CPI plant is a relatively simple way to ratchet down greenhouse gas emissions and cut costs simultaneously. Biomass fuels can help cut operating costs, improve fuel flexibility and reduce carbon emissions.   The fuel cost advantage is 3-to-1 for switching from gas and oil to forest-generated, whole-tree chips, and more than 7-to-1 when switching to mill residue, according to Tom McGowan, president of TMTS Associates Inc., a company with decades of experience helping plants implement fuel switches. The price differences for biomass generate savings that can pay for the higher capital and operating costs for biomass fuel systems, and still produce simple paybacks in three years or less for some applications. McGowan addressed practical issues associated with biomass use in the CPI in a Chemical Engineering Webinar on Oct. 14. The Webinar is available on demand by clicking here.  McGowan will also present the how-to side of this topic at Chemical Engineering’s Educational Series at the Chem Show…
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