Pre-Treatment of Gorse (Ulex Sp.) to Improve its Qualities as Fuel

L.A.C. Tarelho, J.P.R. Pinho, M.A.C. Duarte, D.F.R. Silva & J.J.F. Silva
Pre-treatment of forest biomass from gorse shrub (Ulex sp.) was done to improve its properties as solid fuel. Gorse fronds were divided into brown and green parts, both arranged in bundles. The bundles of brown parts and green parts was subjected to: i) air drying at room conditions, and ii) leaching with distilled water, followed by air drying at room conditions. Samples from both sets of bundles were characterised for: i) proximate and ultimate analysis,...