Energy from biomass, a power source on the rise

Biomass covers a wide range of materials

Biomass is any organic material derived from plants and animals. Depending on local legislation, it can include wood waste from construction and demolition, wood pellets, peat, waste from paper and lumber mills, agricultural waste, animal waste, etc.

Biomass is a promising alternative fuel

Biomass is a renewable source of energy with a much smaller carbon footprint than fossil fuels. Increasing environmental concerns are driving the need for alternative energy generation sources, and energy from biomass is poised to represent a significant share in the global renewable energy mix. This is particularly true in countries planning to phase out of coal-fired power plants, where biomass can be easily used as an alternative fuel.

Biomass facilities face stringent regulations

Flue gases regulations

Flue gas treatment is particularly critical in the case of plants that use biomass from waste: they are subjected to the same standard regulation as Waste to Energy incineration facilities.

Fuel regulations

Concerning the fuel they use, energy from biomass operators are faced with legislations that vary greatly locally, with different definitions for biomass and its uses in different territories.

In the European Union, the legislation makes a distinction between “virgin biomass” and “waste biomass”. The former falls under the Large Combustion plants (LCP) BATC, whereas the latter is subject to Waste Incineration legislations.

SOLVAir® and Biomass -  Key figures

  • Over 2MW/hour of potentially recovered energy for plant with a 100,000 Nm3/h flow rate

  • Only 5% excess sorbent consumption

 

What SOLVAir® can do to clean up energy from biomass emissions

A highly effective solution for removing pollutants

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SOLVAir®’s solutions effectively help energy-from-biomass plants reduce their emissions of pollutants such as HCl, SO2, SO3 and HF, thus enabling them to meet the most stringent standards.

A cost effective solution to become compliant

Legal emissions limits are easily reached by energy from biomass plants resorting to SOLVAir®’s process. Furthermore, they enjoy an excess of sorbent consumption limited to 5% only, thanks to the small amounts of adsorbent used by our solution.

 

Why choose SOLVAir®’s solution rather than another?

Our solution offers superior energy recovery rates

Thanks to its high efficiency in SOX mitigation, the SOLVAir® process allows to reduce the dew point of the flue gases, thus greatly increasing the energy recovery rate for energy from biomass operators.

And facilitates the acquisition of green certificates

With SOLVAir®, energy recovery is greatly improved compared to solutions using other alkaline reagents. This is of crucial importance, particularly in countries where energy recovery is rewarded with an incentive system of “green certificates” that can represent the main financial income for energy from biomass operators.