Standardisation

An affiliate of the Finnish Standards Association SFS

The Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association is an affiliate of the Finnish Standards Association SFS, and it is in that capacity responsible for standardisation across the Finnish oil and natural gas industries. The Association is responsible for monitoring 30 European committees of CEN and nine international ISO committees.

In Finland the Association is responsible for the standardisation of

  • oil products
  • oil technology
  • oil and gas equipment
  • LPG tanks and bottles
  • natural gas pipelines
  • oil and chemical tanks and tank equipment
  • bitumen products, distribution station equipment
  • alternative energy sources and biomasses (together with Kemesta Association).

National operative monitoring groups

Within the Association there are 11 national operative monitoring groups processing the proposed standards. The monitoring groups support the Finnish representatives working in international working groups and technical committees by preparing national opinions.

The Association is also in charge of preparing and updating the national standards and handbooks.

Other projects: Standardisation of fast pyrolysis bio-oil

The working group CEN/TC 19 WG 41 of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) prepared a standard for the quality requirements of fast pyrolysis bio-oil on the basis of a mandate issued by the EU Commission. Pyrolysis oil that meets the demands set by the standard can be used in industrial boilers (>1 MW thermal capacity). Thus, pyrolysis oil is not used for traffic purposes. The standard was published in March 2017.

The Standard will include the parameters to be gauged of pyrolysis oil, their threshold values and testing methods. In addition, the parameters affecting emissions and the function of burners as well as the parameters’ threshold values and testing methods will be defined.

A technical report about the quality requirements of fast pyrolysis bio-oil for engine-use (diesel engines and gas turbines) was published in June 2017. However, more research and engine tests are required before a technical specification of the engine-use of pyrolysis oil can be published.

The potential of fast pyrolysis bio-oil with smaller scale boilers (less than 200 kW) is researched within the framework of the Residue2Heat project.

European companies and research institutes are involved in the project and it is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654650. In Finland, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is involved in the project.

Further information:

Virpi Nummisalo, Senior Specialist, Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, phone +358 40 516 5874

Residue2Heat -project: Anja Oasmaa, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, phone +358 40 593 2834  

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