Biomass energy for sustainable textile production and their economics - a case study - Projects
Updated : October 2020
Biomass as a sustainable fuel for industrial processes is gaining attention in many industries including textiles. This case study explores the viability of the same in a Portugal textile industry through an analysis of its energy management potential, impact of biomass logistics and economic benefits.
It involved a detailed assessment of the current fuel sources used in select textile industry boilers such as natural gas, propane gas and methane, implementation of a biomass boiler and comparison of collected data with the predominantly used natural gas fuel. Wood chips from pine were considered as a biomass fuel for the study.
Comparison of annual steam production costs of natural gas and biomass and a detailed SWOT analysis for the use of biomass showed that the fuel has the potential to result in significant energy and cost savings and that use of novel solutions such as IoT could enable overcoming logistics related challenges in biomass fuel supply.