LIGNA HANNOVER 2009, 18 to 22 May The art of recycling

09.02.2009: Efficient wood chip and briquette production Public discussion comparing the merits of energetic vs. material applications for wood has led to more efficient use of this natural resource in both areas. Particularly in the

 Efficient wood chip and briquette production

Public discussion comparing the merits of energetic vs. material applications for wood has led to more efficient use of this natural resource in both areas. Particularly in the field of energetic wood utilization, the issue of efficiency has increasingly come to the fore. There is widespread acceptance today of the fact that wood in the form of briquettes, chips or pellets is a high-quality energy carrier which has a similar calorific content and similar firing characteristics to lignite coal, but which does not come with some of the latter's disadvantages, such as sulphur-based emissions.

Today's stationary wood chipping plants feature outputs of between 150 and 200 cubic meters per hour. Depending on the raw material inputs, these plants can operate continuously for over 2,000 hours without requiring re-tooling or regrinding. The wood chips are extracted at the point of production via vacuum ducts and blown into storage silos, a new system which eliminates the manpower traditionally required on the handling side.

The numerous tooling variants available for mobile chippers and shredders open up a diverse range of applications. For instance, mobile shredders are not only suitable for chipping thinnings, but also for clearing operations along river banks or on large construction sites.

Wood used for the production of pellets is usually chipped to the required size of four to eight millimeters in a single production run. Pellet chip grinders represent the next generation of chip production technology. These fully automated hammer mills can produce green wood chips on a 24-hour basis.

They suffer minimal chipper damage and downtime thanks to sorting mechanisms which effectively prevent the in-feed of oversize timber or wood containing ferrous metal objects. The mills are designed to produce uniform green chips with only a small fines fraction for optimal pelleting and to minimize emissions and energy consumption during the drying phase, which follows immediately after chipping.

While these innovative developments in chipwood preparation may not be immediately apparent when looking at a chipping plant, they can have a dramatic impact on its operation. Apart from boosting energy efficiency, they promise drastically reduced wear on machinery, fewer tool changes and greater versatility. Energetic wood utilization will feature prominently at LIGNA HANNOVER 2009 (18 to 22 May) - World Fair for the Forestry and Wood Industries.



- Anja Brokjans-

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