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Slagging characteristics during residential combustion of biomass pellets
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry.
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2008 (English)In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 22, no 5, 3536-3543 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Limited availability of sawdust and planer shavings and an increasing demand for biomass pellets in Europe are pushing the market toward other, more problematic raw materials with broader variation in total fuel ash content and composition of the ash forming elements as well as in their slagging tendencies. The main objective in the present work was therefore to determine the influence of fuel-ash composition on residual ash and slag behavior. Twelve different biomass pellets were used: reed canary grass (two different samples), hemp (two different samples), wheat straw. salix, logging residues (two different samples), stern wood (sawdust) as well as spruce, pine, and birch bark. The different pellet qualities were combusted in a commercial under fed pellet burner (20 kW) installed in a reference boiler. Continuous measurements of O-2, CO, CO2, HCl, SO2, and total particle matter mass concentrations were determined in the exhaust gas directly after the boiler. The collected slag deposits, the corresponding deposited bottom ash in the boiler and the collected particle matter were Characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDS). For biomass fuel pellets rich in silicon (either inherent or contaminated with sand) and low content of alkaline earth metals the main part of the potassium reacted with the silicon rich ash-residual. forming sticky alkali-silicate particles, which were not entrained front the burner and thereby giving rise to/initiating slag formation. Silicon rich fuels, i.e. fuels were the ash characteristics were dominated by silicate-alkali chemistry, therefore generally showed relatively high slagging tendencies. Straw fuels have typically this ash composition but exceptions to these general trends exists (e.g., one of the hemp fuels used in this work). Wood derived fuels with a relatively low inherent silicon content therefore showed low or relatively moderate slagging tendencies. However, contamination of sand material to these fuels may greatly enhance the slagging tendencies.

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American Chemical Society , 2008. Vol. 22, no 5, 3536-3543 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38592DOI: 10.1021/ef800087xISI: 000259332600089OAI: diva2:379686
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