Biomass, Wood, Paper

Consistent biomass feed is critical to uniform combustion and reduced slagging. As greater emphasis is being placed on green energy, renewables, and sustainability, biomass consumption is rapidly increasing.

Biomass, wood, and paper are pursued for their good combustion capabilities; however, they are also renown for their poor handling properties.  Though biomass heating characteristics can be similar to traditional fossil fuels, its low bulk density requires large volumes of material be stored, reclaimed, conveyed, processed, and fed into a process.  Paper-based products can include applications in towel/tissue or papermaking for newsprint or magazines, though the papermaking business is experiencing consolidation and reduced demand due to massive growth in electronic publishing.  Reliable chip feed to pre-steamers and digesters is a necessity for maintaining market competitiveness.

Our work with the Los Alamos Labs on creating a smart chute to handle biomass in a commercially viable means.

Biomass, Wood, Paper Industry Services

Whether you are reclaiming biomass for co-firing or direct combustion, feeding bio-feedstocks for thermochemical reactions, or converting biofuels or recycled content into syngas or liquid fuels, Jenike & Johanson can help you achieve reliable material flow and required throughput.

Common Biomass, Wood, Paper Industry Challenges

Handling of biomass or biofuels can be difficult due to the interlocking behavior of the stringy and elongated particles.  Poor flow of biomass in hoppers and storage equipment is routine.  Many biomass feed-stocks are cohesive and thus prone to erratic feed into processes.  Material flow obstructions will lead to process inefficiencies, thermal generation interruptions, and increased equipment maintenance.  In addition, biofuel consistency can vary drastically, increasing processing complexity and need for specialized equipment for size reduction, screening, and drying.  Proper selection of biomass, wood, or paper storage and feeding equipment is critical for this industry given the large amounts of material handled at a plant and the materials’ tendency to rot, spoil, and spontaneously combust.  Dust explosions are also common given the materials’ strong ignition potential.

Common Materials Handled

Below, please find a shortened list of the bulk materials we have successfully handled in the Biomass, Wood, Paper industry to date. Please note the below list is just a small sampling of the materials we’ve handled for clients in the Biomass, Wood, Paper industry.

  • Wood chips and wood bark
  • Sawdust and shavings
  • Switch grass
  • Corn stalks (stover), cobs
  • C&D debris, wood pallets
  • Hay and straw
  • Algae and aquatic grasses
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Paper pulp and paper scrap

Biomass, Wood, Paper Industry Clients

Below, please find a sampling of clients who we have successfully provided bulk material engineering services for in the Biomass, Wood, and Paper industries.

  • International Paper
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • KiOR
  • Kamyr
  • Smurfit-Stone
  • Evergreen Community Power
  • Irving Pulp & Paper
  • Zilkha Energy
  • Duke Energy
  • ABB CE Services
  • Amoco Chemicals
  • Arkansas Eastman
  • BioEnergy
  • Buckeye Cellulose
  • Catalytic
  • Celgar Pulp
  • Celanese Fibers
  • Celotex
  • Champion
  • Dravo Engineers
  • Ecodyne
  • ETG Environmental
  • Foster Wheeler Energy
  • Henkel Corp
  • Hoechst Celanese
  • ITT Rayonier
  • Kamyr
  • Kay Musical Instruments
  • Lincoln Pulp & Paper
  • Power Recovery Systems
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PyroPower
  • Sprout Waldron
  • Stock Equipment
  • Tennessee Eastman
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Trigen-Syracuse Energy
  • Union Camp
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Watkins Engineering
  • Westvaco
  • Weyerhaeuser