The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) held a free webinar on 31st January, 2013 at 12 PM ET for a discussion on improving thermal energy efficiency of biomass combustion systems. The webinar is sponsored by BTEC member Carbonomics.

Though heating is among the most efficient pathways for converting biomass to energy, improvements can still be made. Periodic shutdowns due to slagging, boiler choke-ups, and other factors can lead to losses in revenue and resources. Incomplete combustion results in higher CO levels and significant amounts of unburnt carbon; high moisture in biomass means lower Net Calorific Value and reduced boiler efficiency, directly leading to higher fuel costs.

The webinar will discuss the issues common to biomass facilities around the world. It will provide potential solutions, including a unique combustion catalyst that utilizes part of the moisture content to facilitate faster and more complete combustion. This catalyst has been utilized in numerous biomass-firing boilers in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa for several years.

Presenters will also share a case study from a biomass energy plant in Europe and provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges faced by biomass facilities around the world.

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