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Miscanthus Pellets

Miscanthus is also naturally and ideally suitable for alternative pellets production. At the same time, Miscanthus has advantages over conventional sawyer materials that are normally used for production, but it also has disadvantages. In terms of energy input/output, Miscanthus pelleting is disadvantageous, as compared to Miscanthus briquetting. However, for the sake of usability for as many consumers as possible or for domestic consumption, Miscanthus pellets appear interesting, in any case.

Benefits of Miscanthus pellets:

  • Much lower required storage capacity, as compared to storing unpressed crops
  • Water content in Miscanthus crop in March/April usually ranges from 8 to 15%, which is ideal for most presses (wood must mostly be pre-dried)
  • Small devices, including mobile prototypes, are relatively inexpensive
  • Self-supply, if you do not own a forest

Disadvantages of Miscanthus pellets:

  • Pellet / wood chip heating must tolerate the Miscanthus fuel (tilt / step grate, perhaps combustion space coating)
  • High energy consumption when pressing
  • Material must be previously grounded, for example, with a hammer mill
  • Heating during pressing

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