The Chemical Process and Energy Research Institute (CPERI) at CERTH (Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas) is a non-profit research and technological development organization situated in Northern Greece.
The development strategy of CPERI has been based on establishing strategic collaborations with leading international industrial corporations, developing strong links with research centres and universities within the European Research Area (ERA) and contributing to the training of young scientists and engineers in the latest technologies.
Throughout its lifetime CPERI has acquired excellent analytical instrumentation and developed state-of-the-art experimental units and setups, valued at several million Euros.
CPERI’s mission is to conduct high calibre basic and applied research, to develop novel technologies and products and to pursue scientific and technological excellence in selected advanced areas of Chemical Engineering, including energy, environment, materials and process technologies, in response to the needs of the Greek and European industrial and productive sector.
Biomass lab facilities
CERTH/CPERI runs an integrated laboratory for applications of renewable power production including biomass gasification for power generation. The small scale gasification system (downdraft gasifier 10 kWe – with view of systems of up to 250 kWe) with gas cleaning and engine test integrated. CERTH is committed in running tests in a continuous mode with the effort to provide +85% availability (on diverse fuels). CERTH is working on the required on-line measurements of an automated control system of the small scale gasifier that allows the unmanned flexible operation.
Supporting facilities include:
- Biomass and other fuel analyses (ISO certified)
- Biomass preparation unit (crusher, mill, pelletiser)
- Analytical and sampling (Gas analyses, sampling with a cascading impactor, product gas analyses, tar protocol etc.)
- Biomass gasifier coupled with engine
An analytical laboratory is dedicated to the analysis of fuels and materials collected during the runs. The analytical laboratory is accredited with ISO 17025. It operates thermal analysis, TGA, DSC, DTA, CHNSO analyzers, Morphology observation, quantitative elemental analysis and surface mapping of solid samples by Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray EDS, Morphology, nanoparticles size measurement, structural properties, crystalline phase characterization, identification of chemically different species at magnifications up to 1.200.000 with High Resolution Transmission, Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) equipped with X-ray EDS, Identification of Crystalline Phases in Solids (XRD), Surface Area (N 2 sorption), Pore Size Distribution (N 2 sorption), Particle Size Distribution by laser diffraction (dry dispersion), Atomic Absorption for low level metals determination, Elemental Analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic, Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). This laboratory helps correlate findings from gasifier operation with data from the TGA and agrobased biofuels analyses.
The infrastructure supports analytical work on biomass characterization including reactivity and detailed ash analyses, definition of the most appropriate pre-treatment method, application of pyrolysis or milling in large scale, and continuous, operation and monitoring of fixed bed downdraft biomass gasification in continuous mode coupled with electricity production – a facility that can use within BRISK II diverse fuels that the applicants bring along.
Findings from the operation of the facility can help correlate findings from gasifier operation with data from the TGA and agrobased biofuels analyses performed in house. This modelling correlation can assist to increase the availability of gasification systems in a more flexible way according to the variation of agro residues throughout the year.
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