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Techno-Economic Assessment of Biomass Pre-Processing (TEABPP) - Review and Benchmarking Report


Citation Taylor, R., Konopka, P., Howes, J., Bauen, A., Eastwood, M., Martinez, L., Milne, T., Shah, N., MacDowell, N., Fennell, Pl, Huges, K., Pourkashanian, M. and Jones, J. Techno-Economic Assessment of Biomass Pre-Processing (TEABPP) - Review and Benchmarking Report, ETI, 2017. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000234.
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Author(s) Taylor, R., Konopka, P., Howes, J., Bauen, A., Eastwood, M., Martinez, L., Milne, T., Shah, N., MacDowell, N., Fennell, Pl, Huges, K., Pourkashanian, M. and Jones, J.
Project partner(s) E4Tech (UK) Ltd, PSE, CMCL, Imperial College London, Black & Veatch, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000234
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Associated Project(s) ETI-BI2011: Techno Economic study of UK Biomass Preprocessing
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
Abstract This techno-economic project will provide a greater understanding of the options available to modify or improve the physical and chemical characteristics of different types of UK-derived 2nd generation energy biomass feedstocks, that may otherwise reduce the cost-effective performance of conversion technologies.

This report assesses the current techno-economic status of biomass pre-processing, combustion and gasification technologies used to transform forestry and perennial energy crop feedstocks into heat, power and syngas. The report uses a common review framework to assess all technologies, including technology descriptions, status, impacts of feedstock choice and options for improvement.
  • Conversion technologies
    • combustion
    • underfed Stoker
    • Moving Bed
    • Bubbling Fluidised Bed
    • Circulating Fluidised Bed
    • Dust Suspension
  • Gasification
    • Updraft Gasifiers
    • Downdraft Gasifiers
    • Bubbling Fluidised Bed Gasifiers
    • Circulating Fluidised Bed Gasifiers
    • Dual Fluidised Bed Gasifiers
    • Entrained Flow Gasification
    • Syngas Boiler
    • Syngas engine/CHP
    • Syngas CCGT
  • Pre-processing Technologies
    • Water washing & Chemical washing
    • Forced Drying
    • Briquetting
    • Screening
    • Chipping
    • Pelleting
    • Pyrolysis
    • Torrefaction
    • Steam Explosion
    • Ammonia Fibre Expansion
Shorter descriptions are also provided for a further set of typically less mature conversion and pre-processing technology options, as part of a horizon scanning exercise.

  • Technologies with lower Technology Readiness Levels
  • Technologies with higher Technology Readiness Levels
  • Summary of TRLs
This report enables the reader to understand which technologies are nearest to/furthest from being commercialised, which are cheapest on a stand-alone basis, and the impact that different feedstock characteristics have on the operation and costs of the technologies. The report presents the techno-economic data gathered on these technologies for use in the modelling of different bioenergy supply chains later in the TEAB project, highlighting any data gaps and where uncertainty ranges are highest