Fuel Analyses

Biomass energy conversion starts with the selection and analysis of the fuel. The type of fuel can have a decisive impact on the long-term success of a biomass energy plant, financially as much as from an operational point of view.

In the absence of codes classifying biomass, the term is used in a broad sense and can include many possible sources, some of them less suitable or only suitable for specialized handling and combustion equipment.

A single rock or stringy bark can jam an auger. Tiny amounts of chemicals, such as potassium can lead to a reduced ash fusion temperature and subsequent fouling and clinker. Chlorine settling on wood chips while transported by sea will result in corrosion of boiler tubes and unacceptable levels of dioxins.

A fuel analyses is a first step to identifying the properties and possible impacts of the fuel on a biomass energy system.
Fuel Testing & Analysis
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fuel & ash analysis of medium-density fibre board (MFB)
Proximate and ultimate analyses of chicken (broiler) litter
source: BC Ministry of Agriculture & Lands
clinker from MFB-offcuts used in a MAWERA boiler
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   Technical & Engineering
   -Fuel Analyses
   -Technology Assessment
   -Biomass Plant Design
   -Code Compliance
   -Emission Monitoring
   Project Development
Fuel Testing Laboratories
Econotech Services Ltd, Delta, BC
Contact: Thomas Yuen 
Intertek, Burnaby, BC
Contact: Caleb Brett 
SGS, Delta, BC
Contact: Vishwa Sharma