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Verdanté’s exclusive system for sampling, surveying, evaluating and appraising biomass operations and storages.

Biomass is a renewable energy source that is highly dependent on natural forces outside the scope of human control. The Verdanté team brings natural, human and mechanical processes into a clear view, so your conversion facility can remain on track and productive. The larger fraction of cost in biomass energy generation originates from the logistics operations. Two major concern in all biomass logistics are storage and handling, especially when biomass is characterized by seasonal availability. Natural products degrade over time based upon certain factors.

Biomass is not an easy material to handle. It is a natural product derived from many species of plants such that forms and sizes abound. From a material handling perspective, biomass can bridge and bind together, may not flow well, and will pack tightly. Moisture contents, basic and bulk densities and calorific values vary widely and must be monitored under proper and consistent protocols. It can freeze into a solid brick rendering it nearly unmanageable. Dust can become an air quality concern or even an explosion hazard. It catches fire easily and may spontaneously ignite under certain conditions. Biomass can contain contaminants ranging from soil to chemicals to rocks, metal, plastics and the list goes on.

Some examples of storage systems for biomass may include:

  • Round silo storage
  • A-frame linear storage
  • Stocker reclaimer storage
  • Circular stacker reclaimers
  • Open or closed storage piles
  • Aggregated or distributed storage

The goal of any storage and handling protocol must be to provide a biomass inventory buffer for continuous production that is a consistent and homogenous blend. The cost of producing energy from biomass is very much dependent on efficient handling of the various types of biomass available and the efficiency of each process, whether human or mechanical. Biomass needs to be homogenized so that each process in the mass flow works optimally and emissions are minimized. Weather and climate are key concerns with any storage and handling project that absolutely cannot be ignored.

Our team can assist with:

  • Wood quality plans
  • Process optimization
  • Mass flow plans
  • Pile management
  • Equipment selection and design

At Verdanté, our team provides sound insight and planning to support our products. Our central objective is to deliver quality management plans and tools such as Biomass Manager™ and Bioenergy Pro™ that keep your team performing at optimum and your biomass reliable.

 

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