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03.08.2020 Biomass handling in Japan

AUMUND Holding BV, Venlo, the Netherlands, reports that the company has successfully managed to penetrate the Japanese biomass handling market. Taiheiyo Cement Corp., Japan’s largest cement producer, fires its new power plant in Ofunato with both biomass and coal. Until now conveying of biomass in Japan has been dominated by domestic manufacturers, but the AUMUND Hong Kong team – AUMUND Asia (H. K./China) Ltd – successfully convinced its customer of the merits of the conveying technology solutions offered by AUMUND for both these types of fuel. This resulted in an order from Taiheiyo Engineering Corp. for three AUMUND bucket elevators and an AUMUND drag chain conveyor. 

The customer chose two identical AUMUND bucket elevators with central chain type BWZ and an AUMUND drag chain conveyor type LOUISE TKF for its biomass conveying, all with capacities of up to 150t/h. The AUMUND machines transport palm kernel shells (PKS) and palm empty fruit bunches (EFB), which are used as alternative fuels in the Ofunato power plant.

The conveying concept is designed so that the different materials are kept apart and enter the silo buffer tanks separately. For coal handling Taiheiyo opted for a bucket elevator with gravity discharge type BWZ-S and a capacity of up to 35t/h.


This Aumund bucket elevator with gravity discharge type BWZ-S has been in operation at Ofunato power plant since autumn of 2019

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