Effect of pre- and post-pelletisation storage of canola (oilseed rape) straw on the quality and properties of pellets

Santamarta, L., Humphries, A., White, D.R., Chaney, K. and Godwin, R.J. (2009) Effect of pre- and post-pelletisation storage of canola (oilseed rape) straw on the quality and properties of pellets. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (Paper).

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Abstract

With the growing demand for biomass for alternative energy supplies, it would be prudent to investigate a range of alternative sources of energy. The current research study, of which this is part, will investigate the effect of pre and post pelletisation storage on the quality and combustion properties of canola (oilseed rape) straw and short rotation coppice willow, which, unlike wood pellets, have had little or no detailed research upon the variation of the physical, chemical, biological and combustion properties over the period of storage. This paper focuses on the effect of storage period on canola straw and canola straw pellets in terms of pellet quality. The quality of canola pellets was assessed in terms of their chemical, biological and physical characteristics. The chemical and biological properties of both straw and pellets, included the determination of moisture content, gross calorific value, ash content, volatile content, biomass temperature development, ambient temperature and bacterial and fungal growth. The physical characteristics of canola straw pellets included their durability, compression resistance, particle and bulk density, particle size and mean pellet length and diameter. The chemical and biological properties of both straw and pellets are presented.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences
Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Darren Roberts
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 19:54
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 16:55
URI: http://hau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16537

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