Analysis of primary and alternative fuels

With a thermal power consumption of approx. 90 million gigajoules a year, fuels and their properties have always had particular significance for the German cement industry. Growing environmental requirements and the change from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, gas to alternative fuels, present manufacturers with increasingly new challenges. At the same time, the material utilization of ash as a cement constituent, however, also results in new opportunities and synergy effects. 

VDZ has been supporting this change over the decades with its Research Institute. Thanks to numerous research plans which have been carried out on firing technology, the use of alternative fuels and the resulting effects on manufacturing processes and product properties, a unique competence centre has formed in VDZ, which our customers can benefit from. 

Determination of gross calorific value and calculation of net calorific valueDIN 51900‑1
Determination of calorific value of solid recovered fuelsDIN EN 15400
Determination of moisture contentDIN 15414-3
DIN 51718
Determination of ash content of solid recovered fuelsDIN 51719
DIN EN 15403
Determination of alkalis, halogens, sulfur, nitrate in solid fuelsEN 14582
Determination of total organic carbonEN 13639
Determination of biomass content of primary and alternative fuelsDIN EN 15440
CEN/TS 15440
Water content in fuels according to Karl FischerISO 12937
Determination of polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in mineral oilDIN EN 12766-1
Determination of polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in solid waste, soil and sludgeDIN EN 15308
Determination of the content of volatile matter (VOC) in alternative fuelsDIN EN 15402
Determination of the content of volatile matter (VOC) in solid fuelsDIN 51720
Determination of total carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen in primary and alternative fuelsDIN 51732
DIN EN 15407
Determination of sulfur (S), chlorine (Cl), fluorine (F) and bromine (Br) in alternative fuelsDIN EN 15408


Dr. Silvan Baetzner

Dr. Silvan Baetzner

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