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Formation of Pellet Fuel by Oil Camellia Seed Pomace/TFRI

Oil camellia edible oil (also called “Kuu-char oil ”) extracted from oil camellia seeds has many functions including antimicrobial, pesticides and detoxification etc. After the extraction of oil, the oil camellia seed pomace was traditionally discarded or applied in detergent or fertilizer industry. Wood pellets are a source of a renewable energy produced from a variety of wood waste products. This fuel is manufactured in an established production process with U.S. and Canadian production figures in the range of 680 to 690,000 tons per year.

In our study, we provide a manufacturing process of pellet fuels by regenerating the discarded seed pomace. Compared with wood pellets, thermal value in the oil camellia seed pomace pellet fuel will be 5100 to 5300 kcal/kg to increase thermal energy efficiency above 24% than others. Furthermore, the seed pomace pellet fuel burn small pellets that look like rabbit feed and measure 3/8 to 1 inch in length but it is also an energy-efficient, renewable and clean-burning heating option because it is lower in ash which leaves less residue in the creosote stove after combustion. There is a growing world market for other uses such as large scale electricity generation in future.