Fluid Components International (FCI) have launched a new thermal flow meter that supports green renewable energy as the device is used in biomass gasification plants.

The ST75 operates in hot, wet, dirty environments to provide highly accurate measurement of mixed composition gases, including: hydrogen (H2), carbon monoxide (CO) and trace methane (CH4).

Biomass gasification processes convert renewable organic resources, such as agricultural products and residues, into hydrogen fuel gas through the application of heat, steam and oxygen (O2) in large biomass gasifier chambers. The gasification process converts the organic materials at high temperatures with a controlled amount of O2 and or steam into a mixture of H2, CO and CH4. The extracted H2 gas also contains water, tar or ash, which must be extracted via a separation tank.

Efficient biomass gasification process control depends on the accurate flow measurement of the fuel gas, the inlet air, the extracted H2 gas and the other waste gases. With its advanced thermal dispersion mass flow sensing element, the ST75 Flow Meter measures mixed composition gases, can be configured to operate in cramped areas with limited pipe runs and is safe for potentially flammable or explosive combustible gas environments.

The ST75 Flow Meter operates over a wide flow range in mixed gas environments from 0.01 to 559 SCFM (0.01 to 950 NCMH), depending on line size. For variable process conditions such as those in biomass gasification plants, the ST75 meter is factory preset to a turndown range of 10:1 to 100:1.

With built-in process temperature compensation for accuracy, the precision ST75 Flow Meter maintains consistent performance in rugged, hot biomass gasification plant environments. It features highly dependable accuracy to ±2% of reading with ±0.5% repeatability in line sizes from 0.25 to 2 inches (6 to 51 mm).

The ST75 Flow Meter’s precision flow element has a no-moving parts design, which employs platinum RTD sensors embedded in equal mass thermowells with its microprocessor electronics calibrated to laboratory standards for a wide variety of gases. This no-moving parts design provides extra reliability where process safety is a concern.