Biomass pellets are becoming more and more popular throughout the whole world, which are often produced from wood residues or agricultural crop wastes. Therefore, pelletizing can be considered as way to make use of biomass residues that would otherwise remain unused.
Advantages of Making Sunflower Husk Pellet in Ukraine
* In Ukraine, sunflower is the chief oilseed crop. Because of the combination of high price, relatively low cost of production and traditionally high demand, sunflower has become one of the most consistently profitable crops. However, for the sunflower seed oil manufacturers or sunflower seed processors, how to deal with the useless sunflower husks has become an annoying problem. Turning sunflower husks into pellets is precisely the sensible strategy.
* It’s rather explainable that sunflower husk pellets get more and more popular both in Ukraine and all over the world. Such pellets are cheaper than wood ones, moreover they could be used (even more effectively) instead of gas and coal, which pollute the environment and get more and more expensive. After pelletizing, the density is improved largely, the ash content and moisture content are lower. And the sunflower husk pellets do not include dust and spores from plants. Therefore, sunflower husk pellets can burn longer, cleaner and more efficient than sunflower husk. In addition to their compact package, sunflower husks pellets can be stored and delivered through long distance without additional troubles and costs. All these factors indicate that the sunflower husk pellets are a kind of renewable, clean and eco-friendly fuel energy.
Sunflower Husk Pellets Production in Ukraine
Total pellet production in Ukraine is estimated to have reached 240 thousand tons per year. 50% of this amount are pellets and briquettes from sunflower husk and straw.
In the sunflower husk pellets market, a growth rate of 27% in the number of pellet traders and of 50% in pellet producers has been observed in the first half of 2011 compared to 2010. Sunflower husk feedstock is naturally cheaper during the oil-extracting period. In 2010 until the first half of 2011 there were 102 sunflower husk pellets traders and 32 producers operating in the market. Among the regions, the largest number of traders came from Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Kherson and Donetsk regions.