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Preliminary work on the compression behaviour of canola straw to high density products

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009975.(doi:10.13031/2013.30034)
Authors:   Leticia Chico-Santamarta, Andrea Claire Humphries, David Richard White, Keith Chaney, Richard John Godwin, Thomas Richard Underhill, Michael John O’Dogherty
Keywords:   Canola straw, compression, pellets

In the United Kingdom (UK), the total area of canola harvested increased between 2000 and 2008 from 332,000 ha to 598,000 ha, respectively. Currently there is not a significant market for canola straw in the UK, and consequently development of a market for canola straw would add value to the gross margin of the crop at farm level. As a biomass waste product, canola straw could be used as a fuel to generate heat through combustion. However, straw exhibits a low bulk density which makes its transport more expensive than the transfer of natural gas or petroleum. Reducing the cost of collection, transport and storage of biomass through densification is thus critical to developing a sustainable infrastructure capable of working with significant quantities of raw material.

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