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    Author(s): Zhijia Liu; Benhua Fei; Zehui Jiang; Zhiyong Cai; Xing'e Liu
    Date: 2014
    Source: Wood Sci Technol (2014), 48
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Bamboo is a type of biomass material and has great potential as a bioenergy resource of the future in China. Some properties of bamboo pellets, length, diameter, moisture content (MC), particle density, bulk density, durability, fine content, ash, gross calorific value, combustion rate and heat release rate, were determined and the effects of MC and particle size (PS) on these properties were investigated in this research. The results showed that bamboo pellets will be the proposed new biomass solid fuel and have the potential to be developed as commercial pellets. All properties of bamboo pellets met the requirement of Pellet Fuels Institute Standard Specification for Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel. The gross calorific value of bamboo pellets also met the minimum requirement for making commercial pellets according to DIN 51731 ([17,500 J/g). The effects of MC on length, diameter, MC, particle density and bulk density were significant at p = 0.05. There were no significant differences between PS and all properties of bamboo pellets. Due to higher MC and larger PS, bamboo pellets exhibited higher combustion rates and heat release rates. This research represents an initial stage in the study of bamboo pellets, and its objectives provide guidelines for further research.

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    Liu, Zhijia; Fei, Benhua; Jiang, Zehui; Cai, Zhiyong; Liu, Xing'e. 2014. Important properties of bamboo pellets to be used as commercial solid fuel in China. Wood Science Technology. 48: 903-917.


    Biofuel, bamboo, pellet

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