Biomass Gasification Update

Gasifier Installation

SERC Research Engineer Mark Rocheleau (front left) and student research assistants assemble the biomass gasifier. (Photo credit SERC).

This update was written by Joe Purdon.

The gasifier has safely arrived from India! It is currently being installed here at SERC (see photo, below) and we expect to be generating gas within a month or two. SERC also received the gas chromatograph (GC). This instrument will be used to analyze the producer gas from the gasifier. Over the past two months, we have been studying the accuracy and precision of the GC with calibration gas. This gas mimics what will eventually come from the gasifier. The GC appears to be functioning very well.

We also obtained a few thousand pounds of wood chips and are currently air drying a portion of the chips. The wood can only be dried to a moisture content of about 20% in ambient air. Eventually, a dryer will be built that utilizes a self- regenerating dessicant system which will allow us to uniformly dry the chips to uniform moisture contents as low as 5%. Stay tuned for future updates on this exciting project.