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Furfural Production: Ideal for biobased CHP

Furfural production needs steam and therefore is an ideal co-process to be combined with biomass-based power generation Furfural production needs steam and therefore is an ideal co-process to be combined with biomass-based power generation (Image: DalinYebo)
Viability Study: 13,500 tpa furfural & 2.2 MW electricity

Project SUMMARY

DATE: 4Q13

DESCRIPTION/FEATURES: Viability assessment for the development of a greenfield sugar mill with integrated furfural and electricity production, using bagasse as feedstock.

OUTCOME: Before tax IRR = 31.2% with a payback period of < 4 years.

 

Background

Besides the use of its sugars or grains in our food chain, the biomass accumulated at agri-processing locations (e.g. sugar or oil mills) is often used for energy production. Biomass is not as ideal a fuel as coal or oil, because it does not have the same energy density or calorific value as coal. In addition its properties often vary over the season and are affected by the weather. However, e.g. sugar cane bagasse is well understood and technology has been developed over the years for its efficient conversion to steam and electricity.

Typically, such an installation has a negative CO2 footprint (of -1.3 eCO2/MWh; Ref.: Cobelec™ Investor Presentation).

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