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Development of a practical and reliable ash melting test for biomass fuels, in particular for wood pellets

Objective

The utilisation of renewable energy sources is a considerable contribution to the EU 2020 targets, and the utilisation of solid biomass for heat production is of great relevance in this regard. The market for solid biofuels is growing rapidly, and the demand for raw materials is increasing. Consequently it is aimed at extending the raw material basis for biofuel production covering also wooden materials of lower quality as well as agricultural raw materials and residues, which often show unfavourable ash melting properties.

The ash fusion test is the only standardised method currently available to assess the ash melting behaviour of solid biomass, but the significance of this test is frequently criticised, in particular the applicability for low-quality wood or non-wooden biomass. Thus a respective normative regulation has not been included in the EN 14961-2, which is considered a major drawback for future development of the high quality end consumer market for wood pellets.

A number of alternative test methods have been developed to predict the ash melting properties of biomass fuels, but predictions and test results have scarcely been evaluated regarding their significance with regard to the practical performance of the fuels during combustion.

The objectives of the AshMelT project are to
- Develop a test method for the assessment of the ash melting characteristics of solid biofuels
- Specify ash melting classes for solid biofuels
- Work out a proposal for a European standard for the developed test method
- Develop a proposal for the implementation of the developed procedure as a testing reference in the ENplus® wood pellets label

To meet the above specified objectives laboratory experiments and combustion experiments are conducted by RTD institutions from all over Europe. Results are validated by external laboratories in a Round Robin test and by combustion tests conducted by RTD performers and boiler manufacturers.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

BEST - BIOENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Address
Inffeldgasse 21B
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 43 950
Administrative Contact
Walter Haslinger (Dr.)

Participants (12)

BIOENERGY EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 215 423,60
Address
Place Du Champ De Mars 2
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jean-Marc Jossart (Mr.)
TECHNOLOGIE- UND FORDERZENTRUM IM KOMPETENZZENTRUM FUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE TFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 24 000
Address
Schulgasse 18
94315 Straubing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Widmann (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 24 688
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lars Nikolaisen (Mr.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 34 240
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcus öhman (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 15 520
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anxo Moreira González (Mr.)
HOEHERE BUNDESLEHR- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUER LANDWIRTSCHAFT, LANDTECHNIK UND LEBENSMITTELTECHNOLOGIE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 21 177
Address
Schloss Weinzierl 1
3250 Wieselburg An Der Erlauf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josef Rathbauer (Dr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 24 560
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christoffer Boman (Dr.)
PROPELLETS AUSTRIA - NETZWERK ZUR FORDERUNG DER VERBREITUNG VON PELLETSHEIZEUNGEN VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 257 432,80
Address
Hauptstrasse 100
3012 Wolfsgraben
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Rakos (Dr.)
LIGNO HEIZSYSTEME GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 275 309
Address
Trebesing 8
9852 Trebesing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Buchegger (Mr.)
SCHELLINGER KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 910,60
Address
Schiessplatzstrasse 1-5
88250 Weingarten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Benjamin Maier (Mr.)
DS HANDVAERK & INDUSTRI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 232 709
Address
Magnoliavej 2 Dyrup
5250 Odense
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ove Folmer Jensen (Mr.)
SKELLEFTEA KRAFT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 30 480
Address
Kanalgatan 71
931 80 Skelleftea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Burvall (Mr.)