SI Gas Engine: Evaluation of Engine Performance, Efficiency and Emissions Comparing Producer Gas and Natural Gas

Jonas Ulfvik*, Matthias Achilles, Martin Tuner, Bengt Johansson, Jesper Ahrenfeldt, Franz Xaver Schauer, Ulrik Henriksen

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Abstract

The Technical University of Denmark, DTU, has designed, built and tested a gasifier [1, 8] that is fuelled with wood chips and achieves a 93% conversion efficiency from wood to producer gas. By combining the gasifier with an ICE and an electric generator a co-generative system can be realized that produces electricity and heat. The gasifier uses the waste heat from the engine for drying and pyrolysis of the wood chips while the gas produced is used to fuel the engine. To achieve high efficiency in converting biomass to electricity an engine is needed that is adapted to high efficiency operation using the specific producer gas from the DTU gasifier. So far the majority of gas engines have been designed and optimized for operation on natural gas. The presented work uses a modern and highly efficient truck sized natural gas engine to investigate efficiency, emissions and general performance while operating on producer gas compared to natural gas operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1202-1209
Number of pages8
JournalSAE International Journal of Engines
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Fuel Technology

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