There are lots of different technologies and fuel sources available to users in the biomass energy field. Most of them are quite appealing and are well worth the initial investment…or so you thought. After lots of hard work and effort, the initial investment has been made and the equipment is installed, but the efficiency isn’t there and it is beginning to affect your Biomass Plant’s ROI.
What’s wrong you ask?
Here are two of the major contributing factors the PES team have witnessed:
#1 WRONG EQUIPMENT AND/OR PROCESS
Believe it or not, fuel is the most important part of creating an efficient running energy producing plant. The equipment must be designed around the fuel. In many cases, the designer of the system has not had a firm grasp on this concept.
In an article previously published, Wood is Wood…Right? we give an example of a plant that was designed for an entirely different type of fuel than what was available. The economics were not there and the plant was scrapped. This is an extreme case. In most cases, it takes just a tweak of the equipment and/or process to create much higher efficiency.
#2 IDLE OPERATORS
Biomass plants require attention. Because there are many varying factors with Biomass, an efficiently run plant is one that is well cared for and maintained that has a hands-on operator who is willing to get out from in front of the screen and see what is going on. Idle operators have the potential to cost the company millions of dollars in downtime and repairs. It is important to have operators who understand the biomass system and keep a watchful eye on day-to-day operations, who can successfully identify and solve problems before or shortly after they arise. This will result in an efficiently run plant that saves the company money and meets the end goal.
THERE IS A SOLUTION…
…And no, it does not require you to scrap the plant! Great news, yes?!
First, start by contacting a consultant who knows a great deal about the fuel that is available to you (if you could hear me right now, I am pounding my fist on my desk and shouting this is the most important factor to your plant’s success!)
Second, know your operators. Make sure they have a clear understanding of the biomass system and how it operates. Are they willing to step outside and examine the equipment on a regular basis?
By following these two tips you will be well on your way to an efficient running biomass system that saves you money! Contact one of our Biomass Engineering Consultants to discuss how we can help optimize your plant’s efficiency and output.