Pellet mill

Different compression dies can be used in this 100 kg/h pellet mill. Pellet characterization following EN standards is also available.

Biofuels boiler

Fully monitorizad 50 kW boiler, model TMC of Fröling. The exhaust gases are on-line analyzed by a MIR-IS Environnement.


Two gasification pilot plants are available, with fluidized bed and with downdraft bed technology, equipped with the following auxiliary systems:


  • Gas microcromatography
  • Tars sampling device
  • Steam generator
  • Temperature, residence time and superficial velocity control
  • Catalytic reactor for gas post-treatment

    The downdraft gasifier is placed in laboratories of the School of Mechanical Engineering of Ciudad Real.

    Laboratory of Biofuels

    Biofuels characterization are performed following the European standards.

    For solid biofuels the following equipments are available:

  • Thermogravimetric analyzer STA 409 PC/4/G Luxx, Netzsch.
  • FT-IR Spectrophotometer Nicolet 6700
  • ICP-OES Spectrophotometer Varian 700-ES
  • Elemental Analyzer Leco TruSpec
  • Methrom Ionic Chromatograph
  • Calorimetric bomb 6100 PARR
  • Mabrik Durabilimeter
  • Ovens
  • Milestone Ethos microwave digestion oven
  • Drying ovens, scales
  • Ultrapure water generator
  • Riffle, Retsch knife mills
  • Authomatic siever 450 mm diameter
  • Device for density measurement
  • Gemini V Micrometrics analyzer

    For liquid biofuels characterization the following equipments are available:

  • FID gas chromatograph Varian 3800
  • Densimeters and viscometers
  • HFFR for lubricity
  • Karl-Fisher
  • Rancimat 743 Methrom
  • Titrino 702 SM Methrom
  • Turbiscan Classic MA 2000
  • Device for cold filter obstruction point
  • HPLC cromatograph


    Technological offer: 

    • Boiler and stove tests in order to obtain the standardization (CE marking)

    • Pilot plant studies on combustion, gasification and pelletization

    • Complete laboratory service

    • Gasification, combustion and pyrolisys on-line gas analisys in plants

    • Sintering and deposit plant studies

    • Assessments of resources availability, storage and logistics

    • Implementation of the ENplus System in pellet mill plants

    • Biofuel testing in engines


    Contact: Magín Lapuerta Amigo, 967 599 200 ext.: 3807,

                    Esperanza Monedero,  967 599 200 ext.: 8213,

    Participation in committees

    The committees in which members of the Biomass section participate are the following:


    • Technical Committee for Standardization of solid biofuels, solid recovery fuels and biofuels; AENOR (CTN164, CTN 301, SC3)

    • Technical Committee  of Renewable Energy Producers Association (APPA), Biofuels section

    • Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM)    

    • Spanish Biomass Technology Platform (BIOPLAT)


    Researcher from the National University

    Researcher from the National University of Engineering, Lima (Peru) stay in the biomass section of the IER for a predoctoral stay

    Walter Héctor Gonzáles Arnao focuses his research on the Peruvian woody wastes characterization and on its pelletization

    Researchers of the UCLM Fuel and Engines

    Researchers of the UCLM Fuel and Engines Group during a recent measurement campaign in a new gasifier

    The work is included in the framework of a technology transfer project with an important factory

    Esperanza Monedero, researcher of the bi

    Esperanza Monedero, researcher of the biomass section, participates in the ASIAXIS European project meeting in Chelyabinsk, RUSSIA

    The project, in which 9 EU and ASIA universities participate, focuses on the enhancing university teaching in thermal power systems for cleaner environmental with parallel improvements in phD skill developments.

    Esperanza Monedero, investigadora de la

    Esperanza Monedero, investigadora de la sección de biomasa, participa en la reunión del proyecto europeo ASIAXIS en Chelyabinsk, RUSIA

    El proyecto, en el que participan 9 universidades de la UE y ASIA, se centra en la mejora de la enseñanza universitaria en sistemas de energía térmica respetuosos con el medioambiente y de las habilidades de los estudiantes de doctorado

    Investigadoras del Grupo de Combustibles

    Investigadoras del Grupo de Combustibles y Motores durante una reciente campaña de medidas en un novedoso gasificador

    El trabajo se engloba en el marco de un proyecto de transferencia tecnológica con una importante industria

    Investigador de la Universidad Nacional

    Investigador de la Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima (Perú) realiza una estancia predoctoral en la sección de biomasa del IER

    Walter Héctor Gonzáles Arnao centra su investigación en la caracterización de residuos leñosos de origen peruano y en su peletizado