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ERP Software Makes Renewable Biomass Fuel Utilization Commercially Viable
By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor
Renewable Fuel Technologies (RFT), a developer of torrefaction technology enabling conversion of biomass into eco-friendly fuels, entered a distribution and support agreement with MHG Systems Ltd., a supplier of BioEnergy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems. The new partnership will help in development of the distributed supply chains that support utility-scale BioCoal production.
The torrefaction technology, offered by RFT, powers compact energy self-sufficient mobile torrefaction processors, which transform woody biomass into BioCoal, a clean coal grade renewable fuel that can be used almost exactly the way coal is used. MHG Systems Ltd., leverages its partner network to develop IT and map service solutions that help in BioEnergy and field work business operations.
According to the new agreement, MHG Systems will modify its BioEnergy ERP software to work seamlessly with RFT’s mobile torrefaction processors, so that RFT can provide the BioEnergy ERP software to its forest landowner and power generating customers. The solution will be developed and delivered as a hosted service, allowing RFT to access it from both computers and mobile devices.
It is imperative for power generators to receive smooth and adequate supplies of fuel, and the enterprises in the sector require comprehensive information about the quantity, energy content, location and origin for their renewable biomass fuels, which makes a well planned and organized ERP software system mandatory to make large-scale biomass utilization commercially viable. At the same time, harvesting is carried out on a small scale in a number of widely distributed remote forest locations, as the harvests differ a lot on the basis of local parameters.
“Power generators and forest land owners need accurate and scalable capacity-planning and monitoring tools if they are to have the kind of supply chains they need to bring biomass from the source to the power plants,” commented Mark Wechsler, chief executive officer at RFT, in a statement. “Mobile in-forest torrefaction processors will greatly enhance the potential of forest biomass as a renewable power generation fuel.”
“Mobile in-forest BioCoal production managed by BioEnergy ERP benefits all players in the supply chain: forest land owners, harvesters, transportation suppliers and power generators,” said Seppo Huurinainen, managing director at MHG Systems. “It upgrades biomass’ fuel value, reduces delivery cost, and expands the supply of biomass available for fuel production.”
Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jaclyn Allard