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Gas Analysis to Engine Manufacturers’ Specifications - Test Methods


It is important that the quality of the land fill gas and anaerobic digester gas used in a gas engine is monitored before and during use to ensure that the gas will not cause unexpected damage to the gas engine parts.

Jenbacher, Deutz and Motoren-Werke Mannheim (MWM) have specific criteria for the gas being fed into the gas engines which will ensure simple maintenance and minimal wear.

Applications and Benefits

Regular sampling and testing is required to ensure that the gas being combusted in the gas engines is within acceptable parameters as specified in the engine manufacturer's regulations. Exceeding these limits is likely to increase wear and tear on the gas engines and cause excessive methane slip, extra maintenance, reduce the efficiency of the electricity generated and most importantly cause the emissions from the exhaust to fail the Environment Agency Emissions tests. Other issues can include chemical corrosion by acid species and build up of combustion products.

Engine Manufacturer Regulations

Jenbacher: Technical Instruction Number: 1000-0300

MWM: Technical Circular:0199-99-3017/4EN

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Form of Results

The results will be reported in ppm and mg/m3 and are presented in a form which can be used as a certificate or conformity/non-conformity for the user or the engine supplier or service agent.

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