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Mantex and SLU to collaborate on biomass analysis and measurement

In Sweden, technology developer Mantex AB has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala regarding collaboration on developing new knowledge in the area of ​​biomass analysis and measurement."We expect it to give us clearly improved opportunities to complete our Biofuel Analyzer to meet all biomass measurement requirements," says Max Gerger, CEO of Mantex.

According to Mantex, its BioFuel Analyzer enables quick and easy
solid biomass fuel sampling (photo courtesy Mantex).

The Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed between Mantex and the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology at SLU Biomass Technology Center. The goal of the collaboration is for Mantex to industrialize and integrate the supplementary X-ray technology with which SLU has worked on. The cooperation agreement is expected to be completed in August this year.

The climate crisis has led to an urgent need to phase out fossil energy sources and increased use of bioenergy is seen as crucial for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Therefore, the demand for biomass for energy is now increasing worldwide, but for efficient trade and use a measurement method is required that can quickly respond to the fuel’s ash content, energy content and moisture content.

Complete Biofuel Analyzer development

For this purpose, Mantex has developed the Mantex Biofuel Analyzer, which is based on proprietary and patented X-ray technology and can be of great importance when it comes to streamlining global trade and the use of biomass for bioenergy production.

Tests of customer prototypes have shown very good results, but still, some development work remains before the product can be widely introduced in the market. The current version of the Biofuel Analyzer is capable of measuring the ash content of the biomass, but in order to pass a type approval even when it comes to measuring energy content and moisture content, further development work is needed.

Together with SLU, we will launch concrete projects to jointly develop new knowledge on how to best use X-ray technology to measure and analyze biomass in an industrial environment. The first project intends to complete our Biofuel Analyzer, said Max Gerger.

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