Cofiring biomass reduces emissions of CO2, introduces a reliable renewable energy source into the existing power plant and grid infrastructure, and increases the value of forestry by-products and agricultural wastes. In Europe cofiring is well-established due to strong policy and regulatory support, whereas Asia has huge potential for cofiring. For example, Japan is taking forward more than 20 projects and China plans 89 pilot demonstration projects. South Korea, India, Vietnam and Malaysia are also expanding their cofiring activity.
The 9th Workshop on Cofiring biomass with coal took place on 25-27 February 2020 in Japan. The topics addressed included: biomass supply, sustainability and logistics; biomass handling and related safety issues; biomass pre-treatment; combustion and gasification; slagging, fouling and corrosion issues; power plant conversion/adaptation; emissions control and ash management; and relevant supportive policies.