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Inray gets EUR 1.2 million from EU to boost bioenergy production efficiency

Inray gets EUR 1.2 million from EU to boost bioenergy production efficiency

Oct 3, 2016
Energy & resource efficiency
Bioproducts & materials
Bioenergy & biofuels

The European Commission has granted Inray Oy around EUR 1.2 million under the Horizon 2020 programme for demonstrating the OPTIFUEL system that has been designed to enhance the efficiency of bioenergy production.

The OPTIFUEL system is based on a real-time x-ray measurement system. The system has been developed by Inray and is used for measuring fuel quality at various stages of the process at a power plant owned by Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto and at a paper mill in Great Britain. The aim is to optimize the energy production process through better fuel management.

Variation in fuel quality is a central challenge in bio-energy production. Biofuels can contain 15-80% of water and up to one-fifth of non-combustible materials. At its worst, processing and transporting the fuel takes up more energy than is released when it is burned. These poor quality deliveries generate unnecessary expenses and pose a challenge to the operations of the power plant. Real-time information of fuel quality allows the power plant to take predictive measures and reduce the additional expenses caused by poor quality fuels.

"Inray Oy has developed, in close cooperation with its customers, a real-time fuel quality measurement system that replaces the traditional methods based on sampling. The system was tested for the first time in 2011 at a power plant owned by Etelä-Savon Energia. At present, the system is used by various Finnish power plants. The now granted EU funding allows taking the system to a new level and also facilitates its quicker introduction to global markets," says Inray Managing Director Janne Kovanen.

Oceanvolt, a manufacturer of electric motors and energy management systems for sailboats and catamarans, also received EUR 50K through Horizon 2020 funding. 

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