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Fire and Explosion Prevention in Biomass & Bioenergy Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your biomass production

The use of wood products and other feedstocks are an important part of the growing renewable energy industry. These energy sources are in high demand and are produced in an large quantities. However, the production processes, such as drying, milling and storage of the feedstock, hold various risks of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

Due to embers in received truck loads, fast-running machines and extreme high temperatures, sparks, embers or hot particles can be created, transported through conveyors and reach filters, silos or bins. These hazards can meet combustible dust concentrations and dry feedstock and quickly cause fire or dust explosions.

Zones at risk in biomass processing

Fire or explosions in biomass processing can damage or even destroy the plant. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system monitors and protects the following areas at risk:

  • Reclaim hopper
  • Metering bin
  • Hammer mills
  • Cyclone
  • Day bin
  • filters

Silos holding biomass for processing
Silos holding biomass for processing.

Fire and explosion prevention for the pellet industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of biomass and bioenergy facilities. It detects sparks and automatically extinguishes them inside reclaim hoppers or just after metering bins, hammermills, conveying systems, and other processes before they reach the filter, silos or bins — and these systems have done so successfully for more than 35 years in over 200,000 installations worldwide.

We continually strive to make industry a safer place to work. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing systems play an important part in making your workplace safer, maintain production up-time, minimize equipment damage, reduce insurance premiums and help meet NFPA standards and OSHA regulations.

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Biomass & bioenergy process diagram showing possible protection areas
Biomass & bioenergy process diagram showing possible protection areas.