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Migration from Gasoline to Gaseous Fuel for Small-scale Electricity Generation Systems

Author(s): Seno Darmawan Panjaitan | Yandri Yandri | Sukandar Sukandar | Berlian Sitorus

ISSN 1693-6930

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Biogas | renewable energy | gas driven generator | liquefied petroleum gas

This paper describes a study that gives a consideration to change fuel source for electricity generator from gasoline to combustible gas. A gaseous fuel conversion technology is presented and its performance is compared with gasoline. In the experiment, two types of load were tested, resistive and resistive-inductive. By using both fuels mostly the power factor (Cos ?) of resistive-inductive load variations were greater than 0.8, and they had slight difference on operational voltage. The drawback of using gaseous fuel is the frequency of the electricity might be up to 10 Hz deviated from the standard frequency (i.e. 50 Hz). In the lab scale experiment, the gasoline consumption increased proportionally with the load increase, while using gaseous fuel the consumption of gas equal for two different load value in the range of 50% maximum load, which is 100 gram per 15 minutes operation. Therefore, the use of gaseous generation system should have average power twice than the required load. The main advantage using gaseous fuel (liquefied petroleum gas or biogas) compared to gasoline is a cleaner emitted gas after combustion.
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