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BioValue Report Summary

Project ID: 666644

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - BioValue (Quality determination of solid biofuels in real time)

Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2017-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The purpose of this project is to enable “Quality determination of biofuels in real time” and Mantex has proposed the idea to develop a “Novel biomass scanner for measurement of inhomogeneous biomass”.

The problem that this project is addressing is the absence of easy-to-use quality measurement methods within the biofuel industry. This issue leads to two challenges: a dysfunctional biomass trading market and suboptimal use of bioenergy production capacity.

The overall objectives are:

1. Develop a fully functional lab-prototype
2. Build and install a demonstrator at customer site
3. Demonstrate high precision level of all key parameters and catergorisation and identification in real time.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Mantex has developed a new modularized architecture for multisensor biomass scanners and has completed detail design of several generic modules. The new modules has enabled a fast design and build of a new multisensor biofuel sample analyzer that has been used in comprenhensive research activities. At current our research efforts show positive results in measuring moisture content, ash content and energy value for logging residues, roundwood chips and sawdust.

It was orignially planned to build a new online biofuel scanner called Flow Scanner X2. Due to that the BOM cost for this Flow Scanner X2 became too high a more light weight approach called the MxS has been developed and is under realization. The MxS is significantly less complex than the Flow Scanner but still with capability to prove the overall purpose of the project.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

New measurement parameters that could support the final objective of this project, to classify various types of biofuel, has been identified and will be further examined during the project.

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