Clean Electricity Generation (CEG) is has delivered CEG BioCoal pellets for the first of its 2019 programme of customer trials.
The sustainably sourced CEG BioCoal pellets are a renewable biomass drop-in replacement for fossil coal.
The 2019 programme of customer trials is in support of Baltania, a planned commercial-scale CEG BioCoal pellet production plant in Estonia.
CEG plans to supply eight torrefaction reactors to Baltania, for a combined CEG BioCoal pellet output of 157,000 tpa. CEG currently operates two full-scale torrefaction reactors through its UK operating entity, Bio2Carbon, located in Derby. The Derby facility is producing torrefied CEG BioCoal for utility boiler trials and conducting torrefaction trials of new sustainably-sourced feedstocks.
The 200t of CEG BioCoal pellets were shipped from its storage facility in the UK to the end-user in France, using bulk transport. The customer was a leading French district heating system that combusted CEG BioCoal using a CFB boiler.
CEG said that the pellets delivered were high-energy, approximately 23 MJ/kg, and exhibited the advantages of torrefied bio-coal pellets over white wood pellets, including improved hydrophobic behaviour and improved materials handling.
The test burns were carried out successfully over four days at the end of March 2019. CEG said the burn results were successful at all levels of co-firing, up to and including 100% CEG BioCoal, and the 200t of pellets exhibited consistent quality and characteristics.
The transaction was executed by Cleantek Trade, a Paris-based trader of a range of biomass. Cleantek was the first trader to successfully market bio-coal pellets to utilities. Cleantek is confident that this transaction provides the foundation for CEG BioCoal to be phased-in and well-received throughout Cleantek’s customer base. The upcoming commissioning of the Baltania plant will provide customers with commercial-scale volumes in the near future.