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Thermal characteristics of various biomass fuels in a small-scale biomass combustor

AL-SHEMMERI, Tarik and YEDLA, Rakesh and WARDLE, Derek (2015) Thermal characteristics of various biomass fuels in a small-scale biomass combustor. Applied Thermal Engineering, 85. pp. 243-251. ISSN 13594311

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Biomass combustion is a mature and reliable technology, which has been used for heating and cooking. In the UK, biomass currently qualifies for financial incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Therefore, it is vital to select the right type of fuel for a small-scale combustor to address different types of heat energy needs.

In this paper, the authors attempt to investigate the performance of a small-scale biomass combustor for heating, and the impact of burning different biomass fuels on useful output energy from the combustor. The test results of moisture content, calorific value and combustion products of various biomass samples were presented. Results from this study are in general agreement with published data as far as the calorific values and moisture contents are concerned. Six commonly available biomass fuels were tested in a small-scale combustion system, and the factors that affect the performance of the system were analysed.

In addition, the study has extended to examine the magnitude and proportion of useful heat, dissipated by convection and radiation while burning different biomass fuels in the small-scale combustor. It is concluded that some crucial factors have to be carefully considered before selecting biomass fuels for any particular heating application.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Engineering
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 15:02
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 15:02
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3037

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