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Each bioenergy project is different and depends on the optimal utilization of the available biomass residues, wastes and/or energy crops. BTG uses its 20 years of experience on biomass resources, pre-treatment, logistics and economics to provide tailor made advice, presented in biomass resource assessments, quick scans and feasibility studies.
Residues are by-products from agriculture, forestry and related industries, which can be used as a valuable fuel to generate electricity, heat, biofuels or second-generation transport fuels.
BTG has vast experience in making residues available for energy markets, and dealing with issues like:
- How much residues are available and how can we collect them?
- How to deal with collection, storage and transport in the most economical way?
- How to dry, size, and pre-treat the biomass so that it can be used for energy production?
- Is a certain biomass type suitable for our energy plant?
- What are the costs to make biomass residues available and suitable for energy production?
- How will the market for residues develop?
BTG provides advice to biomass owners that wish to create added value for their residues, bioenergy plant owners that need a reliable biomass supply and policy makers wishing to stimulate and support bioenergy production.
Biomass waste comes available at the end of a product’s life cycle and can be used for energy production. For example, demolition wood can be used for power production, kitchen and garden waste can be used for biogas production, landfills generate landfill gas. Also manure can be used for energy generation, for instance chicken manure gasification and biogas production from pig manure.
The waste market is regulated by national and international law and biomass wastes come available in existing waste collection and processing structures.
BTG works on issues like:
- What types and how much biomass waste is available from food and beverage industries?
- What are the best options for energy generation from kitchen and garden waste?
- How can we upgrade and utilize glycerol from biodiesel production and how will the market develop?
- What is the status of gasification of waste?
- How can waste-to-energy options contribute to carbon emission reductions?
BTG advises waste suppliers and waste processing companies as well as policy makers.
Energy crops are grown in dedicated plantations. Already since the mid 1990s, BTG works on the development and promotion of non-food energy crops like miscanthus, willow, switch grass, kenaf, etc. that can be produced efficiently for the generation of heat, power and biofuels. BTG uses its in-depth knowledge of conversion technologies to support the development of energy crops with the best properties for energy generation. Typical issues that are covered are:
- What are expected yields of energy crops and how can they be improved?
- What are the yields in practice?
- What are the production costs of energy crops?
- How can energy crops be utilized in the most efficient way, taking into account the properties and associated logistics and pre-treatment of those crops?
- How much energy crops can be grown in a sustainable way without harming the environment or endangering the food supply?
In cooperation with major research institutes, BTG works on the development of energy crops on a European level.