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Biomass and Energy Systems

INSERCO DESIGNS SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS IN AREAS OF PRODUCTION, ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION. FOR INSERCO, IT IS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT TO ELABORATE ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS TO ACHIEVE AN OPTIMAL BIOMASS UTILIZATION, INVOLVING PROCESSES USING ANY TYPE OF FUEL, SUCH AS BAGASSE OIL, PALM OIL, WOOD OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT. While planning a project, our experts will take into consideration whether co-generation solutions are desired, or if the focus is on simple thermal use. Below is an example of a company that operates internationally in this segment:

Industrial Biomass Energy Systems by VYNCKE

Most industrial processes have two things in common: they require energy and they produce residues. Since it was founded in 1912, VYNCKE has specialized in using the industrial residues as a fuel source to produce the thermal and electrical energy required by those processes. Initially, the company operated mostly in the West Flemish flax industry. It designed combustion systems to burn flax husk in order to heat up the water used to process the flax into the fibers needed for the local textile industry. Today, this same principle is applied to a variety of industries from food/agricultural processing to the wood based panel industry.

Flax fields and processing plant in West Flanders

When considering the use of residual biomass as an energy source, it´s necessary to pay attention to the combustion characteristics of the proposed fuel in order to design an adequate combustion system that operates efficiently. Furthermore, the system must be flexible so it can operate with a variety of fuels in response to the dynamics of the biomass market today. This is especially important for industries that do not have enough or own any biomass and hence have to rely, to a certain degree, on external markets. These fuels can include woodchips, pellets, sanding dust, rice husk, sunflower hulls, palm oil shells, empty fruit bunches, corn cobs and soy molasses just to name a few. Each fuel has different characteristics and will require a different approach regarding its combustion, and the boiler technology required and overall design of the project.

Examples of biomass fuels : ( left to right ) sawmill rejects, demolition wood, empty fruit bunches, sunflower husks, rice husks

Examples of biomass fuels : ( left to right ) sawmill rejects, demolition wood, empty fruit bunches, sunflower husks, rice husks

When designing a biomass energy plant it is also necessary to pay attention to the energy demand of the specific industrial process. Depending on the process, the required energy medium (steam, thermal oil, hot/superheated water, hot gas and electrical power) will be different or will perhaps be a combination of multiple media. The energy consumption profile of the process must also be considered in order to ensure that the energy plant is able to respond adequately to changes in energy demand. In some cases, this may mean using dust, gas or oil burners to respond to sudden demand peaks. In many cases the combination can be made with electrical cogeneration so it will be able satisfy the thermal needs and also the electrical needs of the customer.

VYNCKE develops, designs and builds biomass energy systems for industries worldwide always taking into consideration the aboved mentioned key aspects. The VYNCKE Dynamic Watercooled Stepgrate (DWS) combustion system enables the combustion of biomass fuels with a large range of lower heating values, moisture contents and ash melting points while accurately controlling the combustion parameters for efficient and low emissions combustion. The DWS grate can be combined with a hot gas generator (combustion room), steam boiler, hot water boiler or thermal oil heater, individually or in combination. All this components are designed with the same characteristics of the project: multiple fuels capacity and suited to cover the energy demand. The energy plant can also be combined with a steam turbine or ORC unit to produce electricity in conjunction with the thermal energy.

VYNCKE Dynamic Watercooled Stepgrate ( DWS ) combustion system

Schematic example of VYNCKE boiler fully integrated in an industrial process ( MDF manufacturing )

The VYNCKE energy plants are highly automated, from fuel handling and feeding until ash extraction and boiler cleaning. This enables them to run at high efficiency with minimal operator intervention for over 8000 hours per year, depending on the requirement of the customer’s operations. Fuel flexibility, low O&M costs and long equipment life lead to a low total cost of ownership (TCO). In Latin America, VYNCKE had installed to date over 50 references in more than ten countries. They are being used in a variety of industrial applications, e.g. sawmills, wood based panel production, palm oil extraction/refining, soy crushing, barley malting and tire manufacturing based on a different types of fuels.

INSERCO helps analyzing the specific tasks required by the customers and investors and then presents suitable technological solutions. The most experienced professionals on any desired branch will present and help select the most appropriate plan according to the customers’ needs. Part of the proposed solution may include deliveries from Europe, USA, Asia as well as local companies. Don’t hesitate to contact us.


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