Occasional Paper 14: Wood and coal co-firing - one route towards a reduced carbon footprint

Author: Markus Benter-Lynch, MWH NZ, July 2013 - This paper provides a summary of the findings of a recent Bioenergy Association funded study tour of several boiler plants in Europe which have been converted from coal firing to co-firing of coal and wood and to wood firing only. It suggests that while converting grate fired boilers from coal to co-firing is far less common than converting pulverised coal fired, utility scale boilers, it is feasible and has been done in Europe. However, there are a number of issues to consider before embarking on such a conversion, especially, if more than 10% by volume of wood fuel is to be used.

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