Measuring moisture absorption of shells for biofuels

From the Monitor Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition & Control | August 2018

Measuring absorption of biofuelsOnline — To try to stem global warming, the world is moving to renewable energy. One source of this is from biomass – fuel that is developed from organic materials.

Residues from forest field processing can be used for biomass, and this is increasingly being used in developing countries.

Researchers in Nigeria and the USA are investigating the energy properties of the shells from trees used as cash crops. Three types of tree were studied – Rubber, Bush Mango and Achi.

Rubber is a perennial plantation crop.

Bush mango has a wide range of usage with most important product being processed as seed cake, which is widely used in soups and stews in West and Central Africa.

Achi is used for food and medicine. The edible seed is used as a thickener in soup preparation. The study wanted to quantify the energy related characteristics of these residues, and their moisture absorption characteristics.

To determine the rate of moisture sorption of the samples, the scientists placed a thin layer of the samples (100-150 g) in a wire mesh basket hung from a digital weighing balance (Model PM 4600, Mettler-Toledo).

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