Processing Magazine

New mass flowmeter optimized for biofuel and biomethane applications

August 6, 2008

Fluid Components International (FCI) has released its new Model ST51 Mass Flow Meter for owners, operators and manufacturers of biogas production and methane capture and recovery systems. These users will find the new Model ST51 provides the high performance and features required of these applications in an explosion-proof instrument that is easy-to-install, safe and requires virtually no-maintenance to deliver a truly best cost solution. In anaerobic digester produced biogas, gas flow measurement is challenged by the wet, dirty nature of biogas. The biogas produced is a potentially dangerous mixed composition of primarily methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), with smaller percentages of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and other gases. The wetness, H2S and other particulates in the gas create a corrosive condensate that deposits itself on the pipe wall and instruments in the pipe. The gas flow varies widely too—based on fluctuating plant process demands and seasonal variations in temperature and humidity.