Pellet Mill Magazine - Early Detection of Spontaneous Combustion in Pellet Mills

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Read our latest article in Pellet Mill Magazine where Derek Stuart, AMETEK Land's Global Product Manager - Power, Combustion and Environmental, discusses solutions for early detection of spontaneous combustion in pellet mills.

Pellet Mill Magazine - Early Detection of Spontaneous Combustion in Pellet MillsWood pellets are increasingly being adopted as a fuel for both domestic and industrial applications at all scales, from small space heating to a 600-NW power plant. Pellets are considered a renewable fuel, provided the wood comes from sustainably managed forests. Using them instead of fossil fuels such as a coal helps reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change.

Wood pellets are by their very nature combustible and can be ignited by a range of sources. Stored bulk piles of wood pellets tend to oxidize, which leads to self-heating and, potentially, spontaneous combustion. Additionally, the dust associated with the pellets, when dispersed and ignited, can give rise to a dust explosion under appropriate conditions of containment.

Read the full article in Pellet Mill Magazine July/August 2019