Intro


Fuel flexibility in energy plants is today highly desirable, but still risky. Non-conventional fuels can cause slagging, fouling and corrosion, which are open concerns. Even though pilot testing is useful, it is costly and time consuming. BIOFACT is the new accurate, user-friendly and cost-effective tool to rapidly predict ash related risks for biomass and waste fuels combustion.

 

 

Screen and characterize highly variable fuels such as agro-residues and bio-wastes
Sample specific prediction of ash related risks with related mitigation measures
Ensure high performance multi-fuels plants
Go beyond elemental analyses, improving fuel awareness and communication
 Visualize fuel data for any user group, from operators to the CEO, at any location

 

 

 

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How it works


  1. Contact us and send the fuel composition 
  2. Get your fuel specific study, as a

 Dashboard (24h): one pager, quick, sample specific prediction of operational risks in boilers and boiler selector matrix
 Technical Report: detailed simulations to predict fuel behavior and boiler design advice to mitigate ash risks (fuel design, temperature profiles, air settings, FGR, additives, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

We have studied 200+ biomass and waste samples. No fuel is ever the same: ash composition depends on species, part of the plant, soil, fertilization, climate, age, harvesting, sorting, waste components, etc.! Examples available upon request:

 Comparing multiple samples of coffee grounds for a medium scale grate boiler
Comparing multiple samples of an unconventional wood for a BFBB
 Evaluating the use of mineral additives with an agro-residue
 Evaluating the use of bed materials with a low quality wood
 Defining specs limits for samples of SRF to limit heavy metals corrosion risk
 Evaluating a sample of thermally treated pellets for fuel switching in a coal boiler
 Screening co-firing, introducing a new fuel in a mixture
 Studying different fractions of a set of RDFs
 Calculating BA, FA, PM molten fraction, sticking probabilities, viscosity and compositions for a boiler design
 Calculating release fractions and BA embedding of critical elements and heavy metals for a boiler design
 Quantifying condensation species and flue gas corrosiveness in a boiler sections
 Heat transfer computations for clean/heavy fouled tubes, steady state deposits, max steam T for design
 Sensitivity analysis on ash risks for variable composition of an agro-pellet sample

 

 

 

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About us


We are an engineering team with a proven expertise in biomass and waste energy, specifically in fuel-related phenomena including slagging, agglomeration, fouling, fireside corrosion and erosion (8+ years in R&D initiated with a PhD in collaboration with the Université catholique de Louvain and the CEA). The tool is exploited with independent consulting mandate. We protect privacy of customer’s information.

 

 

 

They trust us


“Burning biomass, especially agro-biomass, offers a great potential, but it comes along with challenges such as slagging and corrosion. BIOFACT allows to anticipate the combustion behaviour of any biomass, giving precious information to any boilers operators and manufacturers”  •  Bioenergy Europe 

BIOFACT gives a double check on fuel properties for internal use, but graphical presentation also help to explain to customers in an easy and comprehensive way what are the risks of different fuels”  •  Vyncke

BIOFACT is a useful tool when evaluating a fuel change or investigating a particular fuel related problem e.g. corrosion, emissions, deposits, etc.”  •  Jansen Boilers

BIOFACT can help us to select or give ideas for the proper grate / combustion system without making real tests ” •  Akkaya Boilers 

BIOFACT is of great help for us in order to establish beforehand the characteristics of a fuel and therefore better prepare our systems ” •  Biomass Waste BaW Energy

 

 

 

Recent projects


 Ash chemistry prediction study for wood waste (2018)
 Ash chemistry prediction study for driftwood, raw Vs. rain leached (2018)
 Combustion feasibility study for baltic wood mixtures (2018)
 Factors impacting the biomass inorganic fraction: how predictive analytics can help for the fuels operational characterisation (2018)
Ash chemistry prediction study for different RDF samples (2018)
 Combustion feasibility study comparing mediterranean shrubs with pine pellets (2018)
Ash chemistry prediction study for lignin rich – biorefinery waste residues (2018)
Ash chemistry prediction study for sugarcane industry residues (2018)
Ash chemistry prediction for SRF char (2018)
Combustion feasibility study for river maintenance wood (2018)
Combustion feasibility study for palm plantations residues (2018)
Combustion feasibility study for flint corn (2018)
Ash chemistry prediction study for beer industry waste (2017)
Ash chemistry prediction study for high-P pellets (2017)
Ash chemistry prediction study for wine industry biomass residues, wood chips and pellets (2017)
Combustion feasibility study for spent coffee grounds (2017)
Combustion feasibility study for different samples of corn cobs and coffee grounds (2017)
Combustion feasibility study for olive residues (2017)
Torrefaction of biomass: does it reduce the risks of fuel ash slagging, fouling and corrosion in combustion? (2017)
Combustion feasibility study for king grass – sawdust blends (2017)
A thermochemical approach based on phase diagrams to characterize biomass ash and select the optimal thermal conversion technology (2017)
Combustion feasibility study for available non-conventional solid biomass fuels (2017)
Assessment of ash agglomeration and fouling in combustion by theoretical and experimental biomass fuels characterization (2017)
Ash characterization of four residual wood fuels in a 100 kWth circulating fluidized bed reactor including the use of kaolin and halloysite additives (2016)
Biomass combustion feasibility study for different fractions of RDF (2016)
Biomass gasification feasibility study for bamboo (2016)
Advanced characterization of available not conventional Mediterranean biomass solid fuels for ash related issues in thermal processes (2016)
Fouling propensity of high-phosphorus solid fuels: Predictive criteria and ash deposits characterisation of sunflower hulls with P/Ca additives in a drop tube furnace (2016)
A thermochemical approach based on phase diagrams to characterize biomass ash and select the optimal thermal conversion technology (2016)
Ash characterization of four residual wood fuels in a 100kWth circulating fluidized bed reactor including the use of kaolin and halloysite additives (2016)
Characterization of sunflower husks fouling in a Drop Tube Furnace: comparison of deposits with H3PO4, CaCO3 and Al2Si2O5(OH)4 additives (2016)
Development of a tool to predict biomass fuels agglomeration and slagging propensity in combustion applications (2015)

 

 

 

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Email: defusco.biofact@gmail.com

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