Wieselburg Land, Austria
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Hebenstreit B.,Bioenergy2020 | Hebenstreit B.,Lulea University of Technology | Schnetzinger R.,Bioenergy2020 | Ohnmacht R.,Bioenergy2020 | And 4 more authors.
Biomass and Bioenergy | Year: 2014

An active condensation system for the heat recovery of biomass boilers is evaluated. The active condensation system utilizes the flue gas enthalpy exiting the boiler by combining a quench and a compression heat pump. The system is modelled by mass and energy balances. This study evaluates the operating costs, primary energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions on an Austrian data basis for four test cases. Two pellet boilers (10kW and 100kW) and two wood chip boilers (100kW and 10MW) are considered. The economic analysis shows a decrease in operating costs between 2% and 13%. Meanwhile the primary energy efficiency is increased by 3-21%. The greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalents are calculated to 15.3-27.9kg MWh-1 based on an Austrian electricity mix. The payback time is evaluated on a net present value (NPV) method, showing a payback time of 2-12 years for the 10MW wood chip test case. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Schmidl C.,Vienna University of Technology | Luisser M.,Bioenergy2020 | Padouvas E.,Vienna University of Technology | Lasselsberger L.,BLT Francisco Josephinum | And 6 more authors.
Atmospheric Environment | Year: 2011

In an extensive wood combustion source test series 2 automatically and 2 manually fired appliances, and 8 fuel types were investigated with respect to their particulate (PM10) and gaseous emissions. Softwood briquettes, beech, oak and spruce logs, wood pellets as well as further biogenic fuels: wood chips, miscanthus (elephant grass) pellets and triticale (" energy crop" ) pellets were tested. Gaseous emissions were measured continuously while PM10 was sampled with a dilution system and averaged over standard test cycles. Manually fired stoves exhibited highly variable emissions resulting in an uncertainty of 30% for most measured compounds, determined in a series of replicate experiments. Average PM10 emissions from manually fired appliances were around 130 mg m-3 (standard conditions for temperature and pressure (STP), 13%O2, dry gas), equivalent to 90 mg MJ-1. Wood pellets and chips combustion under full load operation with automatically fired appliances emit almost one order of magnitude less PM10, respectively: 12-21 mg m-3 (STP, 13%O2, dry gas), or 8-14 mg MJ-1.Around 30% of total particle mass from manually fired systems account for elemental carbon and 30-40% for organic carbon, resulting in carbonaceous fraction content of around 90%. On average around 5% of PM10 emitted by manually fired stoves consisted of levoglucosan while this anhydrous sugar was below detection limit in full- and part load operation of automatically fired systems. Generally, emissions from automated systems were relatively constant for the same fuel type predominantly consisting of inorganic constituents. Emissions are mainly influenced by the mode of operation, start-up, full load or part load for a given fuel type.Surprisingly high emissions were observed for triticale pellets: 184 mg m-3 (125 mg MJ-1,) PM10 and 466 mg m-3 (395 mg MJ-1) NOx, (under full load operation, STP, 13%O2, dry gas), originating from high chlorine and nitrogen contents of the fuel. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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