A pilot plant gas producer was installed at a Walnut processing plant to recover usable energy from cracked walnut shell. The shell was converted to a low-Btu fuel gas (producer gas) and this was used to replace natural gas in a steam boiler. Longterm continuous operation of the producer has yet to be achieved due to mechanical inadequacies of the fuel feed and grate systems. These problems are a result of special fuel characteristics of walnut shell, which are being further investigated on a laboratory scale gasifier. It is expected that component changes and/or fuel preparation can facilitate satisfactory long term operation.
Williams, Robert Owen; Goss, John R.; Horsfield, Brian C.; and Hodam, Robert, "Steam Raising With Low-BTU Gas Generators and Potential for Other Applications" (1977). UMR-MEC Conference on Energy / UMR-DNR Conference on Energy. 283, pp. 221-229.
4th Annual UMR-DNR Conference on Energy (1977: Oct. 11-13, Rolla, MO)
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13 Oct 1977