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Flue Gas Analysis of Different Bagasse Wood Chips Proportions

at ROXOL Bioenergy Corporation

A Research Proposal

Presented to
Ms. Mary Ann Pandan

Submitted by:
Gerald Labis
Kyrin Christian Pango
Bethel Daine A. Abestano
Lyra Arrabis
Jessica Cuizon
Aimee L. Polanco

EnCH5A

July 2015

I. Background
Biomass is a fuel that is developed from organic materials, a renewable and sustainable
source of energy used to create electricity or other forms of power. In industrial plants such as
Roxol Bioenergy Corporation, makes use of bagasse and wood chips as boiler fuels to produce
steam that runs a turbine to make electricity which powers the whole plant. Burning biomass, or
any other fuel, in inappropriate, or under poor operating conditions can give rise to a number of
potential emissions. Most biomass, including wood, is composed of roughly 50% carbon by
weight, 40% oxygen and 5% hydrogen (Biomass Energy Centre, 2011). Under ideal combustion
conditions these are completely converted to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (H2O).
However, the levels of these and other elements depend on many factors. One of which
underlines the importance of obtaining the appropriate sampling and proportion of biomass
which is a great influence to uncontrolled emissions.
In this study, the researchers will compare the analyses of flue gas produced by different
bagasse-woodchips proportions under controlled conditions and will recommend the suitable
proportion which conforms to conventionally accepted environmental standards.

II. Objectives
The researchers aim to conduct a flue gas analysis of the different bagasse-woodchips
proportions as fuel for the ROXOL Bioenergy Corporation furnace.
Specifically, the study aims to:
a.) Compare the flue gas analysis of the different Bagasse-Woodchips proportions; and
b.) Recommend the most suitable proportion which conforms to the environmental
constraints and regulations.
III. Methodology

Sampling

Drying

Preparation

Combustion

Collection

Analysis

A. Sampling Method
The bagasse and woodchips samples will be obtained from the RBC. Hence, parameters
have already passed the plat standards.
B. Drying
Samples will be sun-dried for 5 to 6 hours.
C. Preparation of the Sample
Samples will be prepared according to three proportions: B50-WC50; B25-WC75 and
B75-WC25. All are in percent buy weight.
D. Combustion
Combustion of samples will be conducted at a furnace with controlled condition.
E. Collection
The flue gas will be collected into a secured container and will be labeled accordingy.
F. Flue Gas Analysis
The flue gas collected will be analyzed at the USLS Chemical Engg Laboratory using the
Orsat Analyzer.

IV. Data and Results


V. Conclusion and Recommendation