Benefits of Biocoal
Bio-fuels are carbon-neutral fuels, which means that they do not release any additional carbon into the atmosphere.
Bio-fuels are derived from the natural carbon cycle of plants, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere while they grow and normally return carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as they decompose. When they burn they simply return the carbon they first removed with no change in the atmosphere’s net carbon. Therefore, replacing fossil fuels with bio-fuels prevents the release of extra carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
It burns cleaner but just as hot
Biocoal is a much cleaner fuel than fossil coal because it emits significantly less SOx and NOx (sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides are pollutants that cause acid rain). Moreover, biocoal provides close to the energy density as regular coal (25-28 GJ/tonne), making it efficient and no less powerful of a fuel.
It’s practical and feasible to start using
Due to similar physical characteristics, biocoal is a direct drop-in replacement for fossil coal, which means that it can be used with existing industrial infrastructure designed for coal without any process changes. This allows industries to easily test and adopt biocoal as an energy source. This is especially advantageous in provinces, states, and countries that are subject to carbon tax, such as British Columbia. As a carbon-neutral fuel biocoal allows industries to reduce their carbon tax expenses while still maintaining adequate energy output, all while achieving a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.