October 4, 2016

Inray lands funding to boost bioenergy production

Varying fuel quality is a challenge in bioenergy production.
Varying fuel quality is a challenge in bioenergy production.

The European Commission has awarded Inray a 1.2 million-euro grant for demonstrating a system for enhancing the efficiency of bioenergy production.

The system, known as Optifuel, is based on real-time x-ray measurement. It is used for measuring the quality of fuel at various stages of the process, with the aim to optimise the production process through better fuel management.

Optifuel has been developed by Inray, and the measuring is done at a power plant owned by Turun Seudun Energiantuotanto and at a paper mill in the UK.

Varying fuel quality is a challenge in bioenergy production, as biofuels can contain up to 80 per cent of water and 20 per cent non-combustible materials. At worst, processing and transporting fuel consumes more energy than what it can release when burned. Following the quality in real-time enables the power plant to take predictive measures and avoid additional expenses.

“The now granted EU funding allows taking the system to a new level and also facilitates its quicker introduction to global markets,” says managing director Janne Kovanen, in a release.

The funding comes under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme that focuses on supporting and encouraging research and the growth and creation of jobs within the EU.

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