Mantex AB has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement for the sale of BioFuel Analyzer measurement equipment in China with the Chinese company Ludwig (Beijing) Mechanical & Electrical Co. Ltd.
Sweden-based measurement technology developer Mantex AB announced July 28 that it has signed a cooperation agreement for the sale of its recently developed BioFuel Analyzer in China with the Chinese company Ludwig (Beijing) Mechanical & Electrical Co. Ltd, a privately owned company with “good contacts” with the major energy companies in China. The company is also a distributor of German and Danish measurement technology companies in closely related areas.
According to a statement, China’s energy demand continues to increase and the country has seen a strong expansion of solid biomass-fired power plants. The number of plants is currently around 250 and is expected to increase by another 150 over the next five years thus making China one of the largest markets in the world. With the agreement, Mantex hopes to be able to set the technical standard for measuring the quality of biomass.
Using quantitative dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (qDXA) and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), Mantex’s measurement technology enables quick, within minutes, and easy sampling measurement of the energy content, moisture and ash content of solid biomass fuels. Since it is precisely these parameters that determine the value of the fuel, the BioFuel Analyzer is today the first in the world to enable fast and accurate valuation compared to other conventional technologies such as heaters, infrared technology, and microwaves, and thus assist the trade of solid biofuels.
Mantex’s unique X-ray measurement technology, which can quickly measure the biofuels energy content, moisture content and ash content, is precisely the technology that China seeks to streamline both its fuel trade and its use of environmentally friendly bio-technology, said Frank Fan, CEO of Ludwig (Beijing) Mechanical & Electrical in a statement.
Mantex and Ludwig (Beijing) intend to conduct a couple of pilot projects in 2018 with potential customers, then launch a broader commercial launch. Product development and manufacturing will continue to be managed in Sweden by Mantex. In Sweden, Mantex has a Biofuels Analyzer unit installed at Fortum Värme’s Värtan combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Stockholm.