Briquetting machine is used to make briquette. When coal dust or other biomass materials such as sawdust, wood chips or paper are compressed under high pressure, we get briquette which is used for fuel or to start a fire.
Types of Briquettes
There are different kinds of briquettes. Charcoal briquettes are used for cooking food. They are made by using a variety of coal dust, charcoal, saw dust and other agricultural products. Peat briquettes are usually found in Ireland. They are ecologically clean and safe bio –fuel. Biomass briquettes are commonly made from agricultural waste. They are renewable source of energy and can be easily replaced for fossil fuel.
The use of biomass briquettes is mainly found in Southern India. Paper briquettes are produced by compressing shredded papers in small cylindrical shapes. Paper briquettes are beneficial for environment. Briquette paper minimizes the impact of paper shredding system by decreasing the volume of waste. They not only reduce cost but are more useful to produce recycled paper.
Briquetting plants use coal, charcoal or biomass raw materials to compress and convert into solid mass of briquettes. It is a machine which binds any agricultural or forest waste products to finished briquettes. Biomass briquetting plant converts agro forestry waste to bio –fuel.
Advantages of briquettes
Briquettes have a lot of advantages over other domestic fuels. They are cheaper than coal; they are replaceable and sometimes reusable. Briquettes do not pollute the environment as sulphur is absent and the ash content is very low as compared to other solid fuels. This quality is of high value in the twenty first century. Briquettes are usually produced in rural areas or near the combustion centres, therefore saving the cost of transport and unavailability of transportation. They are easily packed and stored and hygienic to handle.
Uses of briquettes
Briquettes are mainly used for any thermal use where coal can be utilized, for example generating steam in boilers, and heating purpose. Briquettes can replace quite a number of conventional fuels that are used in large numbers like diesel, kerosene, furnace oil, lignite, coal, firewood.