Monthly Archives: April 2013

Co-Firing Biomass and Coal

Co-firing should not be confused with the use of multiple fuels in boilers designed to burn multiple fuels. Multiple fuel boilers, such as those commonly installed and used as “power boilers” at pulp mills, are designed to burn a wide range of fuels such as coal, fuel oil, natural gas, whole tree chips, mill residues, Continue Reading

Coal in South Africa

Coal has traditionally dominated the energy supply sector in South Africa, from as early as 1880 when coal from the Vereeniging area was supplied to the Kimberly diamond fields. Presently, about 77% of our country’s primary energy needs are provided by coal. This is unlikely to change significantly in the next decade, due to the Continue Reading

The term “biomass” refers to materials derived from plant matter such as trees, grasses, and agricultural crops. These materials, grown using energy from sunlight, can be renewable energy sources for fuelling many of today’s energy needs. One of the most attractive and easily implemented biomass energy technologies is co-firing with coal in existing coal-fired boilers. Continue Reading