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Measuring the biomass fuel properties of Oilseed Rape straw and pellets

A two page technical note describing how the effect of storage period and conditions on the biomass fuel properties of Oilseed Rape straw and pellets have been measured.

Year of Publication2009

A two page technical note describing a Douglas Bomford Trust and Claas Foundation sponsored research project underway at Harper Adams to determine whether Oilseed Rape (OSR) straw pellets present a suitable and economically viable alternative to traditional fossil and other biomass type fuels for generation of electricity and heat. This note is concerned with how methods to measure the effect of storage period and conditions on the biomass fuel properties of OSR straw and pellets have been developed. Some initial results are provided. The note also explains how straw is manufactured into pellets. Sections covered include bale storage regime and sampling, pellet manufacturing process, measurement of biomass properties, measurement of pellet quality and results & analysis.

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osrdouglas bomford trustpr036renewable energyrapeseed oilcanolabiofuelclaas foundationclimate changeclaas stiftung
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Supporting the development of the national rural economy.

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