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Product Description:

  • The system consists of a pre-treatment process that reduces chemical elements in biomass that causes operational issues when used as fuel for combustion.

  • The utilization of biomass for combustion may cause several operational issues, such as slagging and fouling, particulate matter emissions, and corrosion.

  • The operational issues cited are mainly caused by a higher alkali metal content, especially potassium (K) which increases the propensity of fouling and slagging layers and reduces efficiency.

  • The above issues are especially prevalent in the combustion of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB), a type of biomass from the palm oil industry.

Features and Specifications:


  • To mitigate the operational issues caused by EFB combustion, TNBR, and its industry partners have successfully developed a 1 ton per hour system that reduces the alkali metals.

  • The pre-treated EFB has a lower potassium and chlorine content by 60 to 90%.

  • Combustion trials in a 10MW boiler in Malaysia show increased efficiency by 0.67%.

  • Combustion trials in a 100kW boiler in South Korea showed that the fouling thickness managed to be reduced by 80%.

Potential Applications:

  • The innovation is suitable for the production of higher-quality EFB pellets. It effectively mitigates the issues related to the combustion of EFB in boilers.

IP Status:

Malaysian Patent filed

Our Offerings:

  • Licensing

  • Collaboration


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Technology Readiness Level:

To discuss partnership and licencing opportunities, contact us:

Ir. Dr. Lim Mook Tzeng

Researcher / Lead Inventor

Ahmad Mumtaz Ali

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