biomass pellets

Difference between oil palm and palm oil

Palm oil and oil palm have been used widely and many of us thought they are the same. This leads to the wrong perception of these two terms. What are the differences between oil palm and palm oil?

What are the uses of oil palm?

What are the uses of oil palm? Oil palm is notable for its valuable palm oil that could be extracted. Palm oil is edible oil for cooking. Since our company, Louis Digital Enterprise, focus on oil palm fiber and pellets instead of palm oil, we will elaborate more on those.

Oil palm mesocarp fiber

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Oil palm fruit is plucked and sent for palm oil extraction. The pericarp which is the outer layer can be separated into endocarp, mesocarp and exocarp layers, and among them, mesocarp is the thickest and fibrous layer. After oil extraction, mesocarp fiber and palm kernel nut become left over mass. The Mesocarp Fiber is then separated from Palm Kernel Nut by cyclone separator. Mesocarp fiber is elongated cellulose with 30-50mm length which constitute 15.7% of FFB.

Oil palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB)

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Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) is originally in raw form and is further processed into shredded form. Shredding process slices EFB into smaller and loose structure, which improves the volume-weight ratio. The purpose of this additional process is to boost the bio-fuel characteristic. Subsequently, it needs to be further dried up for transportation purpose and make it even more suitable candidate as biodiesel in biomass plant.

Oil palm pellets

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Oil palm pellets are other products that use EFB and/or mesocarp fiber as raw materials. Fiber is extracted from EFB via shredding process. Pellets are subsequently produced by processing and pelletizing the extracted fiber. The main reason why pelletizing is needed is that this process aids in elevating pelletizing percentage and density level to increase their burning efficiency. With high carbon and heating value characteristics, oil palm pellets are good burning fuel.

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