Biomass is plant-based material that, for the purposes of energy production, typically originates as residuals from another value extraction process (sawmilling, agricultural, industrial processes) or is grown specifically for the energy conversion process. Biomass has the advantage of being renewable, sustainable, and has the unique feature of storing the sun’s energy in chemical form to be extracted when needed. Biomass energy production is unique among renewable energy sources in that the feedstock needs to be gathered, processed, and metered into the process at a controlled feed rate. The correct biomass processing equipment is critical to achieving reliable and efficient operation of biomass conversion processes.
Biomass processing equipment refers to the equipment that is required to convert and/or upgrade incoming feedstock to meet the specifications for the downstream process. This typically involves metal detection and removal, size reduction and screening, and moisture content detection and control. Many pyrolysis and gasification technologies require tight incoming feedstock specifications to meet production yields and to prevent operational issues.
Biomass handing and processing is often an area that is not given adequate attention during project design stages. Many projects have failed to perform as expected due to challenges with material handling and, unfortunately, these problems are typically expensive and time consuming to diagnose and remedy.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting will certainly have experts in biomass processing equipment. They also offer a wide range of services in the general areas of biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis, and will have many specialized business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, grants and loans and bio market research. A big consulting group like this should also offer technical and engineering related services like techno economic analysis, environmental evaluations, feasibility studies, risk analysis and expert witness engagements, and have solid strategic partnerships in place to assist clients with insurance, legal, accounting, plant fabrication, feedstock procurement.
With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has experts in many specific clean and renewable areas, including anaerobic digestion, fermentation, biomass, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins and animal-free products, sustainable foods, beverage fermentation, biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, co2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (rfs2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrefied biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. This is a multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants that is a virtual “one stop shop” for any client need and handles projects of all types and sizes.
Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See also: Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas and Biomass Gasification.