Market analysis and policy research for biomass briquetting in China


Briquetting is the process of converting low bulk density biomass into high density fuel briquettes that offer a high concentration of energy. As a greenhouse gas neutral replacement for conventional fossil fuels, biomass briquettes will take on increasing importance in China’s next five-year plan.  Currently, the biomass briquette industry is underdeveloped due to a lack of favourable policies encouraging it.


To accelerate the development of the biomass briquette industry in China with a study that analyzes the status quo and makes policy recommendations for how it can be more effectively promoted

Main Activities

  • Analyse current status of biomass briquetting  in China and abroad, including the types of raw materials used, equipments, potential customers, and greenhouse gas reductions
  • Conduct a comparative analysis of biomass briquetting policies in China v. best practices in other countries in terms of regulations, specifications, control methods, inspection procedures, administration protocols, emergency response measures
  • Do a feasibility study of introducing  best practices in China; develop an industrial model and a policy research report based on this analysis
  • Depict China’s development roadmap in this field based on the aforementioned studies
  • Hold several workshops among scientists, entrepreneurs,  government officials to refine policy plans 
  • Work with entities such as the NEA and local industry associations to promote the actual implementation of the policies

Expected Impact

  • Clear and comprehensive overview of the industry status and policy best practices provided to Chinese policy-makers in the biomass briquetting field
  • Favorable policies assist China in fulfilling the 12th five year plan goal of 10 million tons biomass briquettes in use by 2015
  • Significant increase in the market size for biomass briquettes, with corresponding boost in production capacity
  • Increased share for clean energy in remote and rural areas through more use of biomass briquettes in the energy mix
  • Creation of jobs and improved income prospects for urban and rural residents
Programme sector: 

Renewable Energy (RE) (Policy&Regulation)

Stage of project: 





2011 - 2012


€ 310,000 including co-funding from Guanzhou Insitutue of energy conversion, Chinese academy of sciences

Implementing agency: 

Guangzhou Institution of Energy Conversion, Chinese academy of Science

REEEP grant funded by:

United Kingdom