Biogenic Testing of Waste Fuels

Measuring % Biogenic Carbon versus % Fossil Carbon in waste-derived fuels

Waste-derived fuels have biomass-derived portions (e.g. paper, wood) and fossil-based components (e.g. plastics). Examples of waste-derived fuels include municipal solid waste (MSW), refuse-derived fuel (RDF), tire-derived fuel (TDF) and sewage sludge

Biogenic carbon testing uses Carbon-14 technology. Since carbon-14 is only present in living or recently expired material, Carbon-14 testing using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) is the most effective method to determine the percentage of biogenic vs. fossil-derived carbon in these alternative fuels. This is of particular value to energy-intensive industries that use these wastes as substitutes to fossil fuels.

What does “biogenic” mean?

Biogenic means containing carbon (organic and inorganic) of renewable origin like agricultural, plant, animal, fungi, microorganisms, macroorganisms, marine, or forestry materials, according to the ASTM D6866-22 analytical standard.

Quantify the Biogenic Content of Waste Fuels by Carbon-14 Analysis

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Page last updated: January 2024