If heat and power plants that burn forest woodchips acquire these chips from optimised supply chains, they can obtain better quality biomass and lower their total acquisition costs. This is according to a study by Ramoll Finland, commissioned by Miktech Oy.
'The higher quality of the forest chips, especially in terms of their moisture and homogeneity, will affect the economic efficiency and profitability of heat and power plants,' explains Ramboll Finland's business manager Mirja Mutikainen.
The most significant benefits will be in fuel economy, boiler efficiency and other energy production costs. The plants will also benefit from fewer production outages and decreased operating and maintenance costs.