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Energies 2017, 10(7), 997; doi:10.3390/en10070997

Combustion-Related Properties of Poplar, Willow and Black Locust to be used as Fuels in Power Plants

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Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Instituto de Investigación en Energías Renovables, 02006 Albacete, Spain
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Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Received: 12 June 2017 / Revised: 27 June 2017 / Accepted: 6 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sources)
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The physical and thermochemical properties of three short rotation forestry crops (poplar, willow and black locust) have been determined and compared in order to evaluate their suitability (energy potential and combustion-related operation problems) to be used in energy devices. The planting density was 6666 in a rotation of four years and the analysis were performed at the end of the first rotation. The three species showed significant differences regarding production, moisture and ash content, heating value and bulk density. The results obtained allow to establish priorities between species according to the expectable combustion behavior, willow being the most appropriate. Results indicate no problems related to SOx and NOx emissions. Moreover, the alkali metals determined in the fuel together with the chlorine content suggest no operation problems related with fouling or harmful corrosion. View Full-Text
Keywords: forestry energy crops; power plants; Populus; Salix; Robinia forestry energy crops; power plants; Populus; Salix; Robinia
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Monedero, E.; Hernández, J.J.; Collado, R. Combustion-Related Properties of Poplar, Willow and Black Locust to be used as Fuels in Power Plants. Energies 2017, 10, 997.

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