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The utilisation of renewable energy sources is a considerable contribution to the EU2020 targets, and the utilisation of solid biomass for heat production is of great relevance in this regard. The market for solid biomass fuels is growing rapidly, and the demand for raw materials is increasing. Consequently it is aimed at extending the raw material basis for biofuel production covering also wooden materials of lower quality as well as agricultural raw materials and residues, which often show unfavourable ash melting properties.

Therefore, the project AshMelT aims improving reliability of pellet combustion technology and consumer satisfaction. AshMelT (Development of a practical and reliable ash melting test for biomass fuels, particular for wood pellets) is performed and funded under the Research for the Benefit of SMEs activity of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. A number of alternative test methods have been developed to predict the ash melting properties of biomass fuels, but predictions and test results have scarcely been evaluated regarding their significance with regard to the practical performance of the fuels during combustion. Hence, the objectives of the projects are the selection of a suitable ash melting test method. In further steps the method is optimised and validated.

The project is driven by the joint interests of SME-industry associations and SME-industries. The project consortium consists of two SME partners as well as one large industry partner, SME associations and seven research technology and development institutes coming from six EU member states, in total 13 partners. The partnering associations are the European Biomass Association, the Austrian Pellets Association, the German Pellets Association, the Swedish Pellets Association and the DS Trade & Industry association (DS-TI). The two SME-industry partners are Ligno Heizsysteme GmbH (AT) and Schellinger KG (DE). Furthermore, one large industry partner – Skellefteå Kraft AB – is participating. Several research institutes like Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH (AT), Technology and Support Centre -TFZ- (DE), Danish Technological Institute (DK), Luleå university of technology (SE), Universida de Vigo (ES), Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Landtechnik und Lebensmitteltechnologie FJ-BLT (biomass, logistics and technology at the Francisco Josephinum Secondary College and Research Institute) (AT) and Umeå University (SE) are member of the project consortium.