Four Simple Tips for Choosing an Air Cannon for a Biomass Energy Plant

In a biomass energy plant, a series of air cannons facilitate the efficient flow of biomass materials such as wood chips and seed and agricultural byproducts. The system prevents the blockage or accumulation of these materials, which can significantly affect the efficiency of the plant. With air cannons, you can eliminate the buildup of ash in the tubes and walls of the biomass-fired boilers. Therefore, when choosing the right type of air cannon for your energy plant, you should consider the following factors.

Multi-Valve System -- The valves help to distribute maximum force through direct air injection. The valves enable you to inject air streams at various levels concurrently. With this system, the air cannons can produce maximum pressure to remove biomass materials that cling to the surface of the boilers and simultaneously open up blocked tubes. Moreover, the multi-valve system enables you to repair one pressure valve while the others are running, and thus, your energy production is not affected.

Heat Resistance -- Biomass-fired boilers become excessively hot when heating the biomass material to generate energy. The material used to make the air cannons should withstand high temperatures in this environment. If your air cannons are not designed to resist high temperatures, then the pressure pipes attached to them will start to weaken. Also, exposure to heat can corrode the connectors to the pipes. The heat damage can pose a safety concern; hence, you should ensure that you have the proper air cannons for the job.  

Consider the Weight of Biomass Material -- The weight of the biomass material flowing through the industrial cannon system is very crucial. This weight will determine the amount of pressure that you will set so that the materials do not accumulate or block the air cannons. However, for lighter biomass materials such as wood shavings, you can have low-pressure settings without compromising the integrity of the system.

Use Flexible Metal Pipes and Hoses -- Compressed air can be piped through flexible metal pipes and hoses with a lot of ease, especially if you have a high-volume biomass energy production plant. With such a plant that thrives on efficiency, you will not have time to wait for biomass materials to loosen on the walls of the pipes and hoses before being ejected. A flexible pipe and hose system will give you room to inject maximum compressed air into the cannons. Also, consider using pipes that will not corrode after long-term use, especially copper pipes because corrosion affects the flow of compressed air.