We are working on the development of black pellets, a biomass fuel that can reduce CO2 emissions by co-firing with coal at coal-fired power stations. Black pellets are made by pulverizing, drying, roasting, and semi-carbonizing wood. They are superior to conventional white pellets in terms of water resistance and pulverization, and can be handled in the same way as coal. As a result, it is possible to reduce coal consumption and increase the use of renewable energy (black pellet) without modifying existing facilities. We are preparing to expand our business in Southeast Asia, with a demonstration plant in Thailand at the center.
On June 6, 2019, the “ASEAN Bioenergy and Bioeconomy Conference 2019” hosted by Kasetsart University was held in Bangkok. Invited by the university, our engineer from Coal Coal Business Department gave a lecture on the technology of semi-carbonizing wood pellets (black pellet). Currently, Idemitsu Kosan is working on black pellets production in Thailand.
During the event, we had an active opinions exchange with local biomass-related companies, and many participants expressed their expectations to Idemitsu as we presented our plan regarding biomass commercialization.
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