E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

By Energy Technologies Institute | June 11, 2015

The Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program—a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing.

This 11 month project will provide an assessment of the economic and performance trade-offs associated with pre-processing options, and the value they provide compared with more conventional technology improvement approaches.

Pre-processing technologies assessed will include drying, blending, chipping, pelleting, torrefaction and pyrolysis, amongst others. Using process modelling and sensitivity analysis, the project will compare different bioenergy system approaches with, and without, pre-processing steps between feedstock production and an energy conversion plant. The analysis will use feedstock data from a parallel ETI project that is characterizing feedstocks grown in the U.K.

E4tech is an independent, technologically informed, business consultancy operating in sustainable energy, providing strategy analysis and support for governments and corporate organizations. The consortium for this project includes ICON, the consulting arm of Imperial College London, PSE, a leading supplier of Advanced Process Modelling Technology, CMCL innovations, software developers and consultants for the engineering & technology sector, Black & Veatch, the global engineering, consulting and construction company, as well as bioenergy experts at the University of Sheffield.

Geraint Evans, program manager for Bioenergy at the ETI said, “We are seeking to further develop our understanding of how to optimize bioenergy value chains at a system level and this requires an understanding of when pre-processing adds and doesn’t add value. E4tech has a strong track record of work in this area, so we feel they will add benefit to our program understanding and help us to continue to build an evidence base for the increased use of biomass in the UK for energy production.”

Ausilio Bauen, director at E4tech added, “We have worked with ETI previously on their biomass to power with CCS and biomass systems value chain modelling projects. This new project will make an important additional contribution to ETI’s work on understanding where future opportunities and value lie in the bioenergy system.”