Mälarenergi begins field tests of new Biofuel Analyzer
In December 2021, Mantex and Mälarenergi began conducting field tests of the new, improved and CE marked Biofuel Analyzer for biomass measurement.
Mälarenergi’s combined heat and power plant in Västerås has been in operation since the 1960s. The plant has been continuously upgraded to use recycled and renewable fuels, and is now one of the most modern plants of its kind in Europe.
To ensure the quality and price of purchased biomass and to optimize its use in the plant, the incoming biomass is measured and tested. Conventional measurement methods in the bioenergy industry are manual and time-consuming, and although the demand for bioenergy has increased dramatically in the wake of the climate crisis, there is currently no effective measurement system.
The Mantex Biofuel Analyzer has been developed to meet the growing need for efficient biomass measurements. Using X-ray technology, the equipment can measure and determine key aspects such as moisture and ash content and estimate energy content, automatically, quickly and in real time.
Together with Mantex, Mälarenergi is now conducting field tests for analysis of incoming material. The measured values will be validated by comparing the outcome with the corresponding values from reference laboratories.
“If our Biofuel Analyzer lives up to the expectations and requirements, it will be able to offer a very interesting opportunity for more efficient trade and use of biomass for bioenergy,” says Max Gerger, CEO of Mantex.
Mälarenergi’s plant in Västerås is one of Sweden’s largest combined heat and power plants, playing a central role in the production of electricity and district heat in the Mälaren area. During a cold winter like in 2021–2022, the plant is run at maximum output.
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