Energy / Biofuels

Energy / Biofuels

The possibility of producing energy without a net increase of carbon into the atmosphere has renewed international interest in the Biofuels Industry.

Extrel offers two Process Mass Spectrometers that are used to provide a variety of analyses that help scientists and engineers to accurately and efficiently develop the Biofuel conversion processes. The MAX300-BIO™ Bioreactor Gas Analyzer and the MAX300-LG™ Laboratory Gas Analyzer provide flexibility, produces fast and accurate analysis and can withstand harsh process environments.

Alongside the process options for Biofuel analysis, Extrel offers a powerful research tool for the discovery of new Biofuel sources.  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).

Energy / Biofuels Applications

Biofuel Source Analysis

Pyrolysis and Combustion of Biofuel Source 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.

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Ethanol is produced in several ways from biomass or other organic sources. In an effort to better control production processes and improve efficiency, increased emphasis has been put on the importance of fast accurate, gas analysis for optimal fermentation control.

Fuel Cells

Fuel Cells are seen as a future alternative to fossil fuels. Many institutions are performing fuel cell research with a focus on commercializing the technology. Typically, an experiment includes a bench scale version of a catalytic process reaction in which the inlet composition is tightly controlled, and the outlet components vary based on fuel cell conditions. The MAX300-LG analyzes the reactor inlet and effluent streams, providing full quantitation and the ability to identify unknowns.

Gasification / Syngas

In today’s ever-increasing search for inexpensive alternative fuel sources, Gasification is a technology that is steadily gaining popularity. Gasification takes a variety of different raw materials and by-products, such as coal, biomass, petroleum, or biofuel, and through a partial-oxidation process, converts these materials into usable Syngas. Syngas can be used in a diverse range of applications such as creating electricity, chemical manufacturing, or even powering turbines. Monitoring the different stages of these processes becomes significant to ensure proper combustion, maintain efficiency and identify unknowns and potentially unwanted by-products. Real-time analysis of all types of Gasification can be obtained using a Extrel process mass spectrometer.

Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen Production plants around the world regularly choose Extrel MAX300-RTG™ Industrial Process Gas Analyzer for their analysis requirements. Because of the MAX300-RTG’s speed and ability to analyze multiple streams, it has become the system of choice to obtain accurate heating value analysis for product quality control, and to maximize revenue.

Natural Gas / BTU Bio Fuels

Extrel Process Mass Spectrometers have been widely used to calculate the BTU value of feed streams in Hydrocarbon and Petrochemical applications in order to optimize production efficiency. Additionally, the ability of the analyzers to provide fast and accurate composition analysis enables plant operators to tightly control process parameters such as steam to carbon ratios and heating values.

Renewable Natural Gas

Real-time gas analyzers for Landfill, Wastewater, Agriculture, and Livestock biogas processing. 

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