Applications - Energy / Biofuels

Biofuel Source Analysis

Pyrolysis and Combustion Analysis requires very fast, stable chemical analysis of the combustion process or exhaust stream. Critical to the process is the use of a gas analysis system with high sensitivity and high resolution, to accurately monitor a wide range of applications while maintaining a small dead time between sample runs.

or in-depth analysis of biofuel sources the VeraSpec MBx is the go-to choice for handling the difficulties of pyrolysis and combustion analysis. The VeraSpec MBx is the flagship instrument for the analysis of pyrolytic byproducts in the search for new biofuel sources.  The VeraSpec MBx has been the proven solution for pyrolytic byproduct analysis by customers such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia's Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC).

Extrel’s instruments for biofuel analysis also include the MAX300-LG™ Laboratory Gas Analyzer and MAX300-IG™ Industrial Gas Analyzer Systems, capable of sampling from multiple points along an atmospheric pressure exhaust stream.

Extrel’s Mass Spectrometers and Gas Analysis Systems are used for an array of combustion analysis applications, some of which include:

  • Detection and Measurement of sugar and lignin content within biofuel plant sources 
  • Monitoring automobile engine exhaust
  • Detecting trace metals or the chemistry of particulates in furnace exhaust
  • Analysis of rocket engine combustion products to improve engine efficiency
  • Complex Carbohydrate content detection in biofuel sources


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Solutions to Pyrolysis Challenges

  • Highly Reactive Species – Molecular Beam Science allows for real-time analysis.
  • Damaging Particulates and Dirty Samples – Skimmer Optical system to remove particulates.
  • Cleaning Downtime – The Gate Valve allows for the MS chamber to stay under vacuum.
  • Dead Time Between Sample Runs – The immediate measurement of pyrolysis by direct coupling to MS.


 Extrel’s Combustion Analysis Product Line includes solutions from build it yourself components to full systems:
  • VeraSpec MBx Molecular Beam mass spectrometer
  • Cross Beam Deflector Ionizer
  • MAX Flange Mounted Mass Spectrometers
  • MAX300-LG Laboratory Gas Analyzer
  • MAX300-IG Industrial Gas Analyzer

Additional components available for specific applications include:

  • Tandem Ionizer / Energy Filter for Internal and External Ions

 Specifications and Advantages of Extrel’s Mass Spectrometer Equipment and Systems include:
  • High sensitivity up to 10 mA/Torr
  • High Resolution to 110 M at m/z 28
  • High Abundance Sensitivity to 107
  • Partial Pressure Detectability to 10-16 mbar
  • Dynamic Range from 100% to 10 parts per billion (ppb)
  • Various mass ranges from 1-60 to 10–4000 amu
  • High Speed Multi-point Analysis
  • Single Quad and MS/MS Systems
  • Positive and Negative Ion, and Neutral Detection

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