Flexibility with biomass size reduction

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Courtesy of TerraSource Global

With increased global demand for biomass as a renewable energy source, engaging in profi table and effi cient biomass handling has become priority No. 1 for processing plants worldwide. The equipment used to carry out the strict production requirements of chipping, grinding, shredding and conveying the wood chips is vital to the design and tonnage estimations of engineers. Choosing the right pieces of equipment for the desired result is the cornerstone to profi tability and effi ciency of biomass processing.

More green wood makes sizing harder The pellet industry is learning to utilize materials of various sizes because the availability of sawmill residuals has been reduced signifi cantly during this economic downturn. Many pellet producers are now turning to whole tree chips as a primary resource. As a result, the Jeffrey Rader Corporation, which is a global supplier of grinding and auxiliary equipment for handling woody biomass, has seen a dramatic increase in the need to reduce biomass to output sizes as small as 3/8” minus. Reducing to 3/8” minus may not seem that diffi cult, but accomplishing that reduction ratio with green material can
be a challenge because of the moisture content.

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