Biomass Energy from Agricultural Waste

During the summer of 2009 I led a team of 8 students conducting an investigation of the feasibility of using agricultural residue for biomass energy.  We made our own briquettes, measured their energy density, assessed their combustion performance, and designed a water-cooled stove to reduce ash buildup.

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We made briquettes out of many different materials, this one is compressed reed-canary grass.


We quantified the energy released using a can of water and measuring the temperature rise for a given amount of biomass fuel.

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Our improved stove had a feed chute and was water cooled to prevent ash buildup inside. It doubled as a water heater.


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