The content of alkali (potassium, sodium) and chloride in the biomass, typically generate important deposits or agglomeration at relatively low temperatures, which is a serious problem in the operation of the plants. Besides, chlorine speeds up the corrosion of the metal walls of the boilers.
Each biomass has different alkali and chlorine content and hence the deposition and corrosion problems in terms of the raw material varies. The appearance of areas of corrosion in pipes and equipment are a common problem in biomass power plants. It can cause weakening of the wall thickness of the pipes, leakage, reduction of the useful life of equipment and Increase of operation and maintenance costs.
In summary, the project focuses on the following fields of research: