Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hemp processing plant and Hemp Pellet Info

Dual Hemp Post

 Processing Plant News with Info on making Hemp Pellets for heating and cooking.

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Making pellets is process which can be dramatically different depending on the material you are processing and the end use for the product. For instance here I’m going to talk about the need for sufficient temperature in the pellet press to produce high quality fuel pellets, however too much heat in the pellet press for feed materials and it can damage the product.
As you may know for biomass materials to form a pellet of sufficient density and durability lignin is required. Lignin is the starch that gives the plant its strength, therefore as you can imagine wood has more lignin than say straw. Some materials do not contain enough lignin, and therefore an additional binder is added to aid the process such as modified corn starch. However with other materials if the right temperature and pressure can be achieved in the pellet press the natural lignin from within the material can be used as a binder.

Pellet Press Temperature
Pellet press at tempreature

In the pellet press temperature and pressure have a close relationship. While you want to achieve a temperature high enough to melt the lignin to bind the pellets you will also be increasing the pressure within the pellet press die at the same time. However if the pressure gets too high the rollers will not provide enough force to push material through the die and this will lead to a blockage. This is typically the case if die has not been drilled to a high standard or there is a build up corrosion on the interior surface of the die holes which has not been removed.
We drill each die to suit the material being processed to create the right amount of temperature and pressure within the pellet press die. If the pressure does appear to be getting too high small amounts of vegetable oil can be dripped into the process.

Learn more from at Operating A Pellet Press At The Right Temperature

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ag Invention Kenaf Test Plant Growth Update

Kenaf Test Plant Growth Update October 1, 2016, 

Happily Report the Kenaf Test Plants are between 8 and 10 feet tall!   The average stem diameter I estimate at around 1 inch.  

Perfect Example of why Kenaf is a Biomass Clean Energy Champion!  

1 1/4 in stem diameter Kenaf
1 1/4 in stem diameter Kenaf 

115 inch tall Kenaf Plants
115 inch tall Kenaf Plants 

Eight to Ten Feet Tall Kenaf Plants- Scotty
115 inch Tall Kenaf Plants

 Here is a way to gauge height of an object that is close to a home with plastic siding.  Count the Lap Joints.
Construction Tip: Normal Lap on Plastic Siding is 4 in.
Construction Tip: Normal Lap on Plastic Siding is 4 in.

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