Within the SAF platform, we continue to provide information about the sunflower by-products use for energy purposes. We already know a lot about the possibilities of using seeds, now we offer you new article about the possibilities of processing by-products of sunflower cultivation (stalks, leaves, heads and chaff) into solid biofuels.

What is important?

Sunflower cultivation is not widespread in many countries of the world, while in Ukraine this crop has significant potential for use in bioenergy.

Is the technology regulated?

Technologies for processing sunflower residues into solid biofuels have already been developed. Fuel briquettes from a mixture of sunflower parts are included in the register of alternative fuels of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine in 2018.

Do special equipment is needed?

Yes, it is needed. Fuel characteristics of the by-products determine the use of specialized heating equipment. 

Who produces equipment on the Ukrainian market?

In Ukraine, projects for the production of energy from sunflower stalks are carried out by Kotloturboprom LLC of the MAST-IPRA Corporation. Volyn Kalvis LLC offers boilers for burning sunflower by-products. Also, heat generators and burners for grain dryers, which burn the stalks and other sunflower by-products, are offered on the market, in particular, the company “Bryg”.

The results of the experiment on sunflower stalks burning to obtain thermal energy on different grates are given in the tables

Sunflower stalks burning on different grates
Sunflower stalks burning on different grates

Read about the forms of stalks, different types of holes ingrates that were used, the peculiarities of air supply, and the dependence on the emissions’ level, as well as the permissible emissions limit in Ukraine on the SAF website.

It will be recalled that UABIO is a partner of the SAF platform (Sustainable Agribusiness Forum) from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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