Biomass Pile Monitoring
Biomass fuel pile monitoring is an important step in understanding the conditions that can lead to a fire. Preventing biomass fires can be difficult without the proper data especially monitoring the internal temperature of a biomass pile. For the lumber industry as an example a hog fuel pile can reach combustion temperatures due to the composting effect while showing few external signals prior to combustion. Hog fuel fires or any biomass fire can be dangerous, costly and difficult to extinguish as the biomass piles must be opened up and carefully extinguished (to prevent flare ups and damage to adjacent property).
- Biomass storage piles
- Grain bins / grain piles / grain silos
- Composting facilities
- Municipal dump facilities
- Hay bale piles
- Agricultural product storage (prevent spoilage)
Aretas Sensor Networks offers a biomass monitoring system that allows monitoring of a variety of biomass piles and their internal temperatures to help warn site operators when internal temperatures reach danger threshold levels. The monitor is designed with a thermally isolated temperature probe designed to be inserted into the pile. Temperature readings are read out via the unit's display (for immediate inspection) and also transmitted via wireless to the bridge for online viewing, alerting and analytics.
- The unit is battery powered so power does not need to be present at the monitoring site.
- The temperature probe contains noise reduction circuitry in the probe-body to help ensure noise-free temperature readings.
- The probe end is machined from corrosion resistant brass, which maintains excellent thermal conductivity.
- The unit has two probe tip options:
1. Rigid pole mounted (for driving into the pile for spot measurement / fixed rigid mounting).
2. Wired probe with dongle cable.
Many biomass fuel piles are huge which can not only create fire hazards but may exceed regulated size. Aretas Aerial our sister company offers drones equipped with FLIR (forward looking infrared) and LIDAR which together can determine temperatures and size of biomass piles to ensure regulatory compliance. To disucss your specific needs contact your live Aretas representative today Call Toll Free (877) 218-6232.
- Collect: Online data analytics, graphs, maps and archive data logging for quick decisions
- Decide: Review one or more monitors and facilities 24/7 worldwide
- Respond: Alerts sent via text or email to the appropriate team members
- Simple: Wireless for easy installation
- Solutions: Customizable solutions include the sensor mix you need
What is biomass fuel pile management?
Biomass piles and biomass fuel in general have many inherent dangers, concerns and consideration. Biomass pile management is a set of procedure a company implements for the health and safety as well as optimizing storage and profitability of biomass fuels.
G.F. Paul Janzé with Advance Biomass has over 30 years experience in biomass management, his Biomass Storage Pile Basics  is a great resource when considering your companies management planning http://www.advancedbiomass.com/2011/11/biomass-storage-pile-basics/
Call Aretas today to see how we can help you monitor key elements of your biomass management plan (877) 218-6232
Benefits of biomass fuel vs fossil fuel
There is ongoing opposition to some forms of biomass fuels usage and its comparison to fossil fuels. It is interesting to note that biomass fuels when managed properly can be considered a closed carbon cycle with no net increase in atmospheric CO2 levels.
Biomass takes carbon out of the atmosphere while it is growing, and returns it as it is burned. If it is managed on a sustainable basis, biomass is created as part of a constantly replenished crop. This is either during woodland or arboricultural management or coppicing or as part of a continuous program of replanting with the new growth taking up CO2 from the atmosphere at the same time as it is released by combustion of the previous harvest.
Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are also derived from biological material, however these materials absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere many millions of years ago and thus when burned are contributing to increased atmospheric concentrations.
1. Janzé, Paul. "Biomass Storage Pile Basics" Advance Biomass, http://www.advancedbiomass.com/2011/11/biomass-storage-pile-basics/. Accessed 6 July 2015.