- AEG CoalSwitch has received the results from the burn testing of its CoalSwitch fuel at the University of Utah.

"The University reported on CoalSwitch's technical and commercial viability for use a standalone fuel - or co-fired in high concentrations with coal in coal-fired power plants - and confirmed that it provides significant environmental and commercial advantages for industrial power generators; exceeding the Board's expectations," the company said.

"The burn testing, conducted at the University's Clean and Secure Energy Institute laboratory under the aegis of Dr Andrew Fry, Director of the Industrial Combustion & Gasification Research Facility and an internationally-recognised expert in the field, evaluated the performance of AEG CoalSwitch fuel in its 100kW pulverised coal combustor, which closely replicates the full-scale facilities utilised in industrial coal-fired power plants around the world.

"The five-day testing process recorded the energy output, flame stability and behaviour, furnace reaction, depositions (fouling and slagging) and emissions produced by CoalSwitch Biomass fuel (in this case, derived from low-grade Aspen/Poplar feedstock) during combustion; included real-time analysis and interpretation of its combustion, particle and deposition characteristics; and compared the results to those achieved with Illinois Number 6 coal (a typical feedstock used for industrial power generation in the US), and a CoalSwitch/Illinois coal mix under the same test conditions.

"The mix tests were conducted with a 50%/50% blend of CoalSwitch Biomass fuel and Illinois coal; a much higher concentration of Biomass material than it has previously been possible to use in existing coal-fired plants without causing significant slagging and fouling issues in their boilers.

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