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A biorefinery in India will convert bamboo into biocoal, which will be one of the sources used to fuel a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. Clean Electricity Generation and Stork, a Fluor Co., will build and maintain new biocoal production facilities in Estonia in late 2018. Biomass Secure Power, Inc. has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a Natchitoches, Louisiana power plant and will commence shipping biocoal in the third quarter of 2019.
So what’s this excitement over biocoal all about?
Biocoal is a product produced by thermally upgrading biomass in an inert environment (no oxygen) at high temperatures. From forest product residuals to sugarcane bagasse, from Hibiscus Cannabinus to hemp, the term biomass is used to describe anything with a cellulosic structure. And while biomass itself is often used as a fuel source, upgrading biomass to biocoal offers many benefits. The conversion of biomass to biocoal creates a product with similar characteristics to traditional fossil-based coal, making it a viable option for coal consumers looking to reduce their emissions.