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Fuel characterization is a critical step in the evaluation of biomass and waste suitability for a thermal conversion process. This step is the key to prevent operational related challenges. BIOFACT is the first accurate but user-friendly and cost-effective tool to predict the fuel combustion behaviour.

The tool is developed by Dr. L. De Fusco, thanks to a proven sectorial expertise (5+ years R&D on biomass combustion technology), the commitment to clear communication and a broad peers network. The engineering tool can be exploited with advisory consulting mandates.

 

 

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  •  LSolé

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

 

Scientific publications

•  Factors impacting the biomass inorganic fraction: how predictive analytics can help for the fuels operational characterisation (Bioenergy Insight, 2018)
•  Torrefaction of biomass: does it reduce the risks of fuel ash slagging, fouling and corrosion in combustion? (Research Gate, 2017)
•  A thermochemical approach based on phase diagrams to characterize biomass ash and select the optimal thermal conversion technology (EUBC&E , 2017)
•  Assessment of ash agglomeration and fouling in combustion by theoretical and experimental biomass fuels characterization (UCL, 2017)
•  Ash characterization of four residual wood fuels in a 100 kWth circulating fluidized bed reactor including the use of kaolin and halloysite additives (Energy Fuels, 2016)
•  Advanced characterization of available not conventional Mediterranean biomass solid fuels for ash related issues in thermal processes (Chemical Engineering Transactions, 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 (Fuel, 2016)
•  A modelling approach for the assessment of an air-dryer economic feasibility for small-scale biomass steam boilers (Fuel Processing Technology, 2015)
•  A thermochemical approach based on phase diagrams to characterize biomass ash and select the optimal thermal conversion technology (International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, 2016)
•  Ash characterization of four residual wood fuels in a 100kWth circulating fluidized bed reactor including the use of kaolin and halloysite additives (Impact of Fuel Quality on Power Production, 2016)
•  Characterization of sunflower husks fouling in a Drop Tube Furnace: comparison of deposits with H3PO4, CaCO3 and Al2Si2O5(OH)4 additives (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 2016)
•  Insight into electric utility business models for high-share renewables and storage integration (International Conference on the European Energy Market, 2016)
•  Development of a tool to predict biomass fuels agglomeration and slagging propensity in combustion applications (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 2015)

 

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