Energy Pellets

The limitation of biomass as a source of bioenergy is its low energy density which restricts its economic distribution. The thermochemical biorefining technology of Alterna Biocarbon converts renewable biomass into an energy density similar to that of coal. Wood-based bioenergy had been revolutionized through the development of wood pellets. Biocarbon, produced from the same type of biomass as wood pellets, is the next generation energy pellet, having an energy density ~70% higher than a wood pellet. The biocarbon (BC) pellet has the following advantages over the traditional wood pellet (on an energy basis):

  • ~70% higher energy density (customers buy energy, not wood pellets) with similar capital and operating costs as wood pellets
  • Lower fossil-fuel transportation costs
  • Lower fossil-fuel footprint
  • Smaller storage footprint
  • More versatile biomass input
  • Any carbon containing material can be utilized (wood pellets are restricted to wood)
  • Can utilize hog, slash and other woody residues (wood pellets are limited to sawdust)
  • Does not produce “off-gases” during storage or transportation (lower health and safety risks during transportation and lower fire hazard during storage)
  • Scalable and modular which allows for biomass sourcing not available to wood pellets

The thermochemical biorefining technology of Alterna Biocarbon converts renewable biomass into an energy density similar to that of coal and significantly higher than that of a wood pellet.