Increased investment in bioenergy in the Brazilian market generates savings in industrial sectors
Due to the dry season, the cost of electricity can affect companies in industrial sectors that rely on the use of larger machines.
Because of situations like this, many industries have been looking for ways to save electricity so as not to be caught off guard in peak times.
It is the case of an industry in Itapetiniga - São Paulo that to be able to reduce costs in the use of electricity resorted to the use of biomass bioenergy. The company works with wood processing for the production of pulp for paper. Now the company is now allocating part of the wood produced and wood waste from the forest harvest for a different purpose.
Part of the wood is now being allocated to the drying and chipping process to produce wood chips. It is these chips that are then applied to power generation, how?
Usage and Results Impressions
Due to the high calorific value of wood chips, the industry employed wood chips for firing in furnaces. These heat-fired furnaces have produced about 500 Kw of electricity from the use of wood chips. Since the amount of electricity produced represents a surplus for the company, the industry has only used one third of the electricity produced and the remainder has been injected into the national electricity grid for sale.
Through this process, the industry had more than it expected to achieve through bioenergy, as not only was it possible to produce enough energy to save in drought times, but it also became a constant source of profit as that a large amount of electricity has been sold on the national electricity grid.
The equipment used for wood chipping was the mobile forestry chipper Lippel Raptor 900 equipped with a diesel engine.