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Norsk Biobrensel converts biomass for renewable energy production

Published 15 Dec 2022 (updated 7 Feb 2024) · 2 min read

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  • Renewable fuel production from residual biomass
  • Can deliver high volumes of biomass products
  • An easily transportable, cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels

Norsk Biobrensel converts residual woody biomass into biofuel and other products.

Wood-based products are used for a wide range of purposes, and are a main source of fuel in many parts of the world. Fuel produced from wood products is considered renewable because the CO₂ released from burning is reclaimed by new forest growth.

The primary commodity of the Norwegian timber industry is lumber that is used for construction or for pulp and paper production. When timber harvest residue is left to decay, a potential resource for fuel and other products is wasted.

Recovered biomass as a source of renewable energy

Norsk Biobrensel recovers the by-products of lumber production and converts them into green fuel such as wood chips and briquettes.

The company also produces other products such as sawdust for animal bedding.

Norsk Biobrensel is certified under the PEFC Chain of Custody scheme and the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) as a supplier of wood biomass that has been legally and responsibly sourced from sustainably managed forests. It is also ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Concrete benefits

Biomass-fired power and heat generation is considered a key technology in achieving the EU’s 2020 renewable energy targets and curbing climate change. Even when co-fired with fossil fuels such as coal, biomass products lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve cost-effectiveness and reduce air pollution.

Norsk Biobrensel maximises the energy potential of timber by utilising waste from the forestry industry. It also promotes the development of the bioenergy industry.

All of the company’s products are high quality and affordable. Its compact biofuel products such as briquettes and wood chips are easy to transport as well.

Market potential

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solid biomass from forests, farms and cities is already a major energy source for heat and power generation, and could potentially account for one fifth of global energy consumption by 2050.

Norsk Biobrensel has high production capacity, producing 150 000 metric tons of biomass products in 2018, with a turnover of more than USD 9 million.

Norsk Biobrensel was founded in Norway in 2002 and is part of the Ergon Nordic energy group. Together with its sister company, Norsk Energigjenvinning, the company currently supplies customers in Scandinavia, Europe and Africa.

Frank S. Olsen

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