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Sustainable improvements in the wood fuel pellet chain
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Energy, Environmental and Building Technology. (Energi och hållbar utveckling)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2528-4399
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Energy, Environmental and Building Technology. (Miljö- och energisystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9707-8896
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Energy, Environmental and Building Technology. (Miljö- och energisystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6469-9947
2014 (English)In: The Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A path towards sustainability should include growth with sustainable means such as the concept of Bioeconomy. The use of renewable resources for bioenergy should be performed to support sustainable development; however, biomass is made of limited resources and must be used efficiently and with a low environmental impact. The wood fuel pellet industry has the possibility to meet these criteria, but also has the potential for improvements. Earlier work on wood fuel pellet production has concluded that using oxidised cornstarch as an additive during pellet production decreases the energy used and also produces pellets with high durability. This work presents how additives such as cornstarch and molasses, affect the electricity use of the pellet press and also affect the emission of CO2 eq. from wood fuel pellet production. The results are presented for two different locations of the pellet plant, since the results will depend on how the electricity used is produced, e.g. using more or less renewable or fossil fuels in the electricity mix. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Additive, Carbon Dioxide Equivalents, Energy use, Pellet production, Durability
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Environmental and Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34805OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34805DiVA: diva2:772277
Conference
SEEP 2014 - The International conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection, November 23-25 2014, The British University in Dubai
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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