The main driver for me to make the switch to pellets was the new reactor. Once I figured out what I had actually created I saw value of its performance. The draw back is well the fuel has to be pellets!! So I now have to look at what the benefits are besides its better performance.
For bulk feed systems we can now use a much less robust auger feed system. Auger jamming was a problem and Im glad to never have to deal with that again
Fuel standardization. This makes it easier for all acquire alike and consistent fuels, but this is not a complete 100% solution. But I think its about as close as we will ever get.
Machine down sizing is another benefit. This allows for less shipping cost and more cost effective manufacturing. However building smaller does not make it any cheaper to build really. There is some savings in materials cost and times savings in building. But components are still the same and still cost the same.
Fuel sources is an after thought in this, but indeed that is part of the vision to open up to these other alternative fuel sources. Will they work? That is still to be determined so I wont endorse those as possible fuel sources just yet. But this is the goal right along with Hemp fuel experimentation.
The big issue I face with pellets is with processing equipment for the end user. All stated above on top of the lower cost to produce this equipment will justify that equipment cost. Regardless if its a chip machine or a pellet machine the equipment comes at extra cost. The pellet machine version cost is nearly 50% of what the chip machine would cost If I were to build them today. So I think developing pellet processing equipment is justified. Also fuel storage is much more viable with pellets, high energy density pr volume less space is needed to store it. If the fuel needs further drying there are very simple ways to do it in a rack system. There is much more I just cant think of it all right now. Brian has been over taxed today