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Wood gas generators for small power $(\sim 5hp)$ requirements

Shrinivasa, U and Mukunda, HS (1984) Wood gas generators for small power $(\sim 5hp)$ requirements. In: Sadhana, 7 (2). pp. 137-154.

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This paper reports experimental and developmental studies on wood gas generators meant for running 5 hp diesel engines in irrigation water pumping. Critical inputs for the design of small reactors are presented. A prototype of the gas generator based on these inputs has been built and tested along with a diesel engine pumpset. The results of various tests on the system are described along with some critical operational features. The lowest amount of diesel at which the engine could be run with a mixture of diesel and gas is about 15% of the consumption with diesel alone. However, to obtain the same energy, that is the same amount of water at a given height, the best replacement of diesel obtained is about 75%. The paper also comments on the economics of such systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Sadhana
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Wood gas; gasifier design; diesel pumps; diesel replacement; alternate energy sources.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/13475

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