Biomass Energy Production

Plastic materials for safe and efficient operation of biomass energy plants

Bioenergy is generated by burning organic materials including wood scrap and agricultural crop waste. Biomass needs to be processed into usable forms such as pellets or chips before it can be used to generate energy. These bulk materials are extremely abrasive on conveying and handling equipment, which can result in costly downtime while worn machinery components are replaced.

High performance plastics resist abrasive wear, resulting in long part life. Additionally, plastic materials have low sliding friction on mating metal parts, which allows biomass conveying systems to operate smoothly without the need for external lubrication.

Some biomass manufacturing operations involve processing bulk materials at high temperatures. Special formulations of UHMW and nylon are available in grades that resist degradation in elevated temperature environments.

Transparent plastic housings and machine guards improve plant safety and reduce noise from biomass processing.

Biomass Energy Producers Rely on Thermoplastic Materials For:

  • Machinery parts that don’t require external lubrication
  • Lightweight wear components for easy installation
  • Abrasion resistance for long part life
  • Toughness and durability in demanding biomass processing applications
  • Transparent guarding
  • Noise reduction
  • High-temperature performance




High strength, stiff, low friction engineering plastic with good wear properties.


CE Canvas Phenolic

Electrical grade phenolic sheet material with cotton canvas reinforcement.



Strong, stiff engineering plastic often used to replace metal bearings and bushings.



Transparent, strong and stiff thermoplastic with outstanding impact resistance.



Low friction engineering plastic with outstanding chemical, high temperature, and weathering resistance.



Extremely tough abrasion resistant, low cost plastic, used for a wide range of wear applications.

Plastic Applications for Biomass Processing Machinery:

  • Under-chain wear strips
  • Conveyor components
  • Chute and hopper liners
  • Sprockets
  • Bumpers
  • Machine guards and housings
  • Dragline bucket liners
  • Truck bed liners
  • Railcar liners
  • Bearings and bushings
  • Wear pads

Plastics for Conveyor Chain Wear StripsWood pellet production lined with plastic sheet for low friction

The conveying machinery used to process biomass materials must withstand sliding wear in extremely abrasive conditions. Special formulations of UHMW-PE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) including Polystone® MPG and TIVAR® 88 have improved abrasive wear resistance compared with standard UHMW-PE sheet materials. This results in extended life for wear strips used to guide conveyor chains. The low friction properties of Polystone® MPG and TIVAR® 88 allow for reduced power to drive biomass energy fuel production conveyors.

Plastics for Feed Screws and Sprockets

Bulk material handling components such as feed screws and sprockets need to operate reliably without damaging mating metal parts. Plastic materials such as nylon and UHMW have outstanding abrasive wear resistance and low friction. This allows for easy movement of biomass energy fuels by conveying machinery.

Plastics for Transparent Machine Guards and Housings

Machine guards and housings are essential for safe operation of biomass energy plants. TUFFAK® polycarbonate sheet has outstanding transparency and impact resistance, which makes it a good choice for many machine guarding applications.


Not sure which materials best fit your needs?

Our experienced sales and technical teams are available to assist you with material selection challenges.


Which plastic material is best suited for conveyor chain wear strips?

I need a conveyor chain guide near a high temperature area of the plant. Which plastic materials should I consider for my application?

Which plastic material is best suited for wear pads where bulk materials will be impacting a surface during processing?

Which plastic material should be used for transparent machine guards?

Smiling woman
Have a Question?
Curbell Plastics, Inc. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. All other trademarks, service marks and logos used herein are property of their respective owners. All rights hereto are retained by Curbell Plastics and any third party owners of such rights. All statements, technical information and recommendations contained in this publication are for informational purposes only. Curbell Plastics, Inc. does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein and it is the customer's responsibility to conduct its own research and make its own determination regarding the suitability of specific products for any given application.

©2024 Curbell Plastics, Inc. All rights reserved.

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy