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The Kyoto Protocol

Palm Kernel Shells (PKS)

Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) is a biomass fuel that is increasingly being used to co-fired several European power producers, cement producers and Energy intensive Industries in general.
PKS is a waste by-product of the palm oil industry; it is available in relevant abundance and is classified as renewable waste-material, easy to ship, does not need to be densified and can be readily co-fired with coal in grate fired -and fluidized bed boilers as well as cement kilns in order to diversify the fuel mix.

Co-firing renewable biomass yields added value for power producers, because the fuel significantly reduces carbon emissions – this added value can be expressed in many forms: green electricity certificates, carbon credits, etc.etc.

Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) are no longer merely interesting for its capacity to reduce carbon emissions; but has become a feasible alternative to coal on purely commercial grounds.

The demand for Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) has gradually been growing over the last several years, increasingly more so from Europe as an alternative and cost effective source of feed for Renewable Energy power generating.

Since the start of The Kyoto Protocol, most Western European governments promised to decrease the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) in their countries. Ever since then, the required reduction percentages have increased to such an extent that experts wonder how this could be achieved in the time-span Western governments have imposed on themselves.

Generating Electricity from PKS Biomass is expected to play a vital role in achieving the 20% share of Renewable Energy in the EU by 2020.

Despite the huge growth potential in Renewable Energy World Wide the industry is not without its own set of challenges. Energy sources such as sun, wind, tidal energy are still much too expensive, because of the relatively cheap fossil fuels and the worldwide existence of conventional fossil fuel fired Power Stations.

Most of these Power Stations are modern pulverized coal combustion (PCC) installations, coal fired or multi-fuel fired (coal, gas or oil). Now with the availability of PKS it has become much more cost effective that these coal fired energy production facilities be equipped with auxiliaries to co-fire biomass fuels.

The CO2 emitted by producing energy out of biomass is considered “CO2 neutral”, because the use of biomass avoids the use of the fossil coal. The amount of CO2 emitted equals the amount of CO2 taken up during the growing of the biomass source and CO2 emission is therefore neutral.

However to achieve the planned CO2 emission reduction in Europe there is not sufficient biomass available in Europe and biomass is imported from all over the world. To avoid misusing biomass commodities for the energy trade or the clearing of forest grounds for biomass plantations, users of biomass in Europe need to have proof of the sustainability of the biomass fuel.
In “grate fired boiler systems”, “fluidized bed boiler systems” and cement kilns, Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) are an excellent fuel. In countries operating such boiler systems, the market to trade Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) is wide open.

Supply Chain
The Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) which we currently supplying originate from a variety of Palm Oil Plantations in Malaysia.

Green Living Malaysia has developed solid relations with both Palm Oil Mills and a network of local producers and suppliers who have been carefully selected based on their proven track record, their extensive experience and strategic locations based on existing infrastructure and manageable logistics to the local loading ports.

We have developed a well coordinated purchasing strategy, making it possible to supply up to 50,000 MT of Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) on a monthly basis in bulk.

Our integrated supply chain consists of sourcing directly at the palm mills, local transport, stockpiling, intensive survey of loading operations, risk management and when applicable ocean transport from port of shipment in Malaysia to port of discharge in Europe.

The Palm Kernel Shells (PKS) we supply are from currently operating palm oil mills and are therefore only stockpiled for a minimal duration. Our clients can be reassured of a guaranteed quality and supply to the highest levels of contracted product specifications.


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