Production and characterization of bamboo pellets


  • Carlos Roberto Sette Jr Universidade Federal de Goiás
  • Paola de Castro e Freitas Universidade Federal de Goiás
  • Vanessa Pereira Freitas Universidade Federal de Goiás
  • Fabio Minoru Yamaji Universidade Federal de São Carlos
  • Rogério de Araújo Almeida Universidade Federal de Goiás



Bioenergia, Densificação da biomassa, Potencial energético


Agroforestry biomass is a great energy alternative, with potential to produce pellets and briquettes. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of using the biomass of bamboo species to produce pellets. Mature culms of the species Bambusa vulgaris var. Vitatta, Dendrocalamus asper and Bambusa tuldoides were used, in addition to wood discs of 6 year-old hybrids of E. urophylla x E. grandis for comparative purposes. Biomass was characterized by the bulk density, proximate analysis, calorific value and energy density. Pellets were characterized (moisture content, length, diameter, durability, bulk, apparent and energy density) after production. All the characteristics of bamboo and eucalyptus pellets met the quality specifications required in international product marketing standards, except for the ash levels. The species Bambusa vulgaris var. vitatta, Dendrocalamus asper and Bambusa tuldoides had energy characteristics that indicate its potential for being used as an energy source in the form of pellets.


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SETTE JR, C.R., FREITAS, P. de C. e, FREITAS, V.P., YAMAJI, F.M. and ALMEIDA, R. de A., 2016. Production and characterization of bamboo pellets . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 922–930. [Accessed29 February 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v32n4a2016-32948. Available from:



Agricultural Sciences