Measurement of Tar and Particles in Biomass Gasification Product Gas

Aug 2005

The work on a measurement method for tars and particles in biomass gasification product gas has a history dating back to a joint meeting in Brussels in 1998 by members of IEA Bioenergy Agreement, Task 33: Thermal Gasification of Biomass, US DOE/NREL, and DGXVII of the European Commission. This meeting led to the development of two draft Protocols for tar measurement, which were presented at the 10th European biomass conference in Würzburg, Germany in 1998.

It was recognised that these Protocols should be developed further. This was done in two subsequent EU projects (projects ERK6-CT-1999-20002 and ENK5-CT-2002-80648, more info can be found on The first project resulted in a method called “Guideline”, which was transferred into a European CEN standard during the second project.