State-of-the-art Equipment and Testing Facilities

grinder.jpg Biomass must be ground into smaller particles before it can effectively be used to make pellets or briquettes.

Portable Grinder
  • This custom-built grinder is portable and versatile, capable of grinding a variety of wood and agricultural residues for use in making pellets and briquettes.
sieve.jpg Grinding biomass produces particles of different sizes. Knowing the distribution and frequency of these particles is key to making high quality pellets.

Standard Test Sieves
  • A wide variety of screen sizes from 75 micrometers to 25 millimeters are available in the laboratory.
pelletmill.jpg Making high quality pellets requires a combination of art and science.

N-Micro Pellet Mill
  • A small, solid and compact size pellet machine for pilot scale research and development projects.
  • Comes with several die sizes for different raw materials.

Quality testing of fuels includes evaluating the physical properties of the fuel as well as how it burns.

durability.jpg Handling pellets produces dust. The more durable a pellet is, the less dust will be produced.

Pellet Durability Tester
  • Can predict the amount of fines that will exist in pellets at feeding time. This is accomplished by the use of a specially designed pellet tumbler that will duplicate the amount of breakage that normally occurs from the time the pellets are expelled until they are used.
calorimeter.jpg Not all fuel produces the same amount of heat. Knowing the heating value is important in choosing the right fuel for your appliance.

Isoperibol Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter
  • A complete automatic system for measuring the heat of combustion of solid and liquid fuels, combustible wastes, foods, feeds and other oxygen combustible material which is essential in assessing the commercial value of the fuel.
  • Capable of measuring up to 8 tests in an hour with a high level of precision.
fusion.jpg Ash fusion testing helps predict whether the ash will form hard glossy slag known as "clinker" and at what temperature this will occur. Clinkers can damage your stove or furnace.

Ash Fusion Test Furnace with Digital Imaging
  • Designed to heat up to 12 ash samples to a maximum temperature of 1600oC in a controlled atmosphere and visually records the fusion on the samples for analysis.
  • Monitors critical temperatures like fluid, hemispherical, initial deformation and softening.
smoke.jpg Testing the emissions from wood stoves and furnaces is a critical component in evaluating both fuels and new appliances.
  • CBEC has the testing facilities necessary to evaluate both the quantity and composition of emissions from wood or biomass burning appliances.