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Modelling a charcoal production system fired by the exhaust of a diesel engine

Prasad, Surendra B. (1996) Modelling a charcoal production system fired by the exhaust of a diesel engine. Energy Conversion and Management, 37 (10). pp. 1535-1546. ISSN 0196-8904

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A rural area power supply system (RAPSS) which produces charcoal as a by-product for use elsewhere through the gasification of biomass fuels is modeled. The power generation system utilizes a conventionally-fueled engine-generator combination to produce electricity for local use. The energy needed for the gasification process is obtained from the exhaust gases from an internal combustion (IC) engine, which could be a petrol engine, a diesel engine or a gas engine. In this particular model, a diesel engine-generator system is specifically used. The charcoal production system being modeled is a small-scale system, producing between 20 and 60 kg of charcoal per hour, with the diesel engine running at its rated capacity. The special features and constraints which govern such a system operating in a rural environment of a developing country are addressed, followed by a study of the rate of charcoal production from a given system, using thermodynamic relationships. The key features of such a system include reliability, simplicity of operation, robustness, operation by local personnel and a level of technology appropriate to the location of the system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
Depositing User: Generic Account
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 04:31
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 22:46

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