Super Turbo Rice Husk Stove (5.5 kW) for Small-Cottage Industry Use

Schematic Super Turbo Rice Husk Gasifier

Super Turbo Rice Husk Stove (5.5 kW) for Small-Cottage Industry Use
Alexis T. Belonio, Appropriate Technology Center (APPROTECH), Central Philippine University, Ioilo City, Philippines March 28, 2007

Good news and glory to God!

A larger-scale super turbo rice husk stove that injects super-heated steam into the burning chamber was recently developed for small cottage industry use. By injecting super-heated steam into the stove’s burning chamber, a luminous pinkish-flame, which is rich in hydrogen gas, is obtained. While cooking, the stove produces clean gas that is released to the atmosphere.

This technology is another breakthrough in biomass stove research and development of the Appropriate Technology Center of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Management, College of Agriculture, Central Philippine University, Iloilo City. This project was collaboratively assisted by the following agricultural engineering students of CPU namely: Daniel Belonio, Lucio Larano, Ian John Fabellore, Mark Alvin Almazan, and Clark Ian Sansolis.

As schematically shown below, the stove consists of a conical hopper that is made of GI sheet no. 16 where rice husk is being fed for burning inside the combustion chamber, a 5 liter capacity steam tank which boils the water and converts it into super-heated steam, a combustion chamber cover having a diameter of 30 cm that also supports the steam tank, a 2-in. diameter air pipe which supplies the air needed for the combustion of rice husk, a char discharge lever that allows the removal of burnt rice husk during operation, a steam burner that is made of 2-in. diameter stainless steel pipe that ignites hydrogen gas from the steam, a 12-mm diameter round bar support to firmly hold the stove, and pot holder to support the cooking pot.

During operation, rice husk fuel is ignited inside the combustion chamber using few pieces of paper. The water inside the steam tank is heated until it becomes super-heated steam. As the steam passes through the burner, hydrogen gas is released and is ignited inside the burner. A luminous pinkish-to- yellow flame is obtained from the burner during cooking. Burnt rice husk is discharged at the bottom of the grate by slightly pushing the lever. Disposal of char is made easy by using a pan. The degree of burning of rice husk is controlled by regulating the amount of fuel being fed in the combustion chamber. The amount of steam can be regulated by adjusting the relief valve located at the side of the steam tank.

Performance evaluation showed that the stove has a power output of 5.5 kW. It consumes 10.2 kg of rice husk per hour. Firing the stove only requires 1.2 min. using few pieces of papers. Five liters of water can provide steam into the burner for 1 hour and 30 minutes before reloading. Test also showed that 12.5 liters of water can be boiled within 15 minutes. The average thermal efficiency of the stove during the tests is 15.2%. Burning rate is 38.2 kg/hr-m2 while the amount of char produced is 25%.

The stove has the advantage compared with other rice husk stoves in terms of the minimal amount of hydrocarbon released during burning, high efficiency in heat utilized, ease of ignition and firing, and less cost of operation. Commercial models using stainless steel liner for steam burner is P15,000.00 per unit for model 30D while P20,000.00 per unit for model 40D. Interested organizations or individuals who wish to adopt this technology may contact the Project Director, Appropriate Technology Center, Department of Agricultural Engineering and Environmental Management, College of Agriculture, Central Philippine University, Iloilo City, Philippines. Our landline is 063-033-3291971 loc 1071. You can also send email to cpu_aprotech@yahoo.com . Good day and God bless!!!

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