ASABE: 2 ISO standards approved for solid biofuels

By Erin Voegele | April 14, 2015

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the international community has approved two International Organization for Standardization standards for solid biofuels.

One new standard, ISO 16993, applies to the conversion of analytical results from one basis to another and gives formulae that allow analytical data relating to solid biofuels to be expressed on the different bases in common use. According to ASABE, consideration is given to corrections that can be applied to certain determined values for solid biofuels prior to their calculation to other bases.

The second new standard, ISO 16994, applies to the determination of total sulfur and chlorine content, and describes methods for the determination of the total sulfur and total chlorine content in solid biofuels. According to ASABE, the document specifies two methods for decomposition of the fuel and different analytical techniques for the quantification of the elements in the decomposition solutions. Specifications for the use of automated equipment are also detailed.

The ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agriculture, food and biological systems. The organization is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the administrator for the U.S. technical advisory group the ISO committee on solid biofuels, TC 238.