Agrofuels are fuels from the agricultural sector, different from fuels derived from
forest or industrial wood. They include perennial crops (miscanthus, short rotation
coppice, etc.) and some co-products of agricultural plants (flax, hemp, straw, etc.).
Following the first transformation process, they can be used as fuel in boilers
specifically designed for using this kind of biomass.
- Woody agrofuels are generally harvested in the form of whole stems or directly
crushed into wood chips with a 50% moisture content. A drying phase of at
least 6 months is required for use in a biomass boiler. The ash rate is lower than
in the case of lignocellulosic fuels;
- Lignocellulosic agrofuels are harvested by forage harvesters generally with a
moisture content between 10 and 25%. These fuels do not require drying and
can be used directly in biomass boilers. The ash rate is higher than that of wood
fuels, and the ash melting temperature is lower.
Transformation and uses
Agrofuels can be used in bulk or submitted to an additional transformation phase
(torrefaction, densification, etc.). The increase in energy density is useful when the
fuel is used in large installations.
Like woodchips, agrofuels are used in biomass boilers. Specific settings will optimise
combustion and ash production.