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The composition and properties of ash in the context of the modernisation of oil shale industry.

1. Introduction

Harmonised European environmental regulations are in a state of constant development. Air emissions, energy efficiency levels, resource efficiency, use of fuel (involving the share of renewables), and circular economy are just a few factors that influence the operation in environment-sensitive areas. The targets and measures of the European Union (EU) to reach higher environmental quality levels also affect the oil shale (OS) sector, one of the vital branches of Estonian economy. From the period of Estonia's pre-accession to the EU right up until today its oil shale industry has gone through a remarkable evolution. As a result, also the industry's environmental impact has significantly decreased.

From the technological point of view there are two main developmental directions for the use of oil shale:

* improvement of the pulverised firing (PF) process by adding additional pollutant removal systems (DeSOx) and/or swapping PF for fluidised bed combustion (FBC);

* transition from the direct burning of oil shale for electricity production to the pyrolysis with solid heat carrier for the co-production of liquid fuels, gas and electricity.

Today the trend in thermal power plants is to apply the FBC technology for co-combustion of OS and biomass. If solid fuel particles are fed into the fluidised bed whose temperature is the same as the fuel ignition temperature, then continuous combustion takes place with no need for higher temperatures. A typical bed temperature is between 750 [degrees]C and 950 [degrees]C. When oil shale is burned in a CFB boiler, sulphur is completely captured by the Ca contained in ash and, therefore, the S[O.sub.2] concentrations in the flue gases are very low. There is also no need to add limestone or other sorbents into the oil shale-fuelled CFB boiler as the Ca/S molar ratio in OS is high. The CFB technology has been employed in Estonian oil shale industry since 2004 [1].

When it comes to converting the energy in oil shale to a more easily usable form, one option is the co-production of liquid fuels, gas and electricity by means of OS pyrolysis process and the use of excess heat and by-products. Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of oil shale accompanied by heat transfer. In Enefit140 (EN140) and Enefit280 (EN280) processes oil shale is heated in the absence of air to a temperature of 450-550 [degrees]C. As a result, it undergoes pyrolysis, producing shale oil (with different fractions of liquid fuel), oil shale gas (non-condensable organic compounds) and solid residual material. The latter still contains some organics that will be burned off in the afterburning process. In this process cycle, hot OSA is acting as a heat carrier and, therefore, the process is called the solid heat carrier pyrolysis. Both Enefit140 and Enefit280 technologies can use oil shale with a wide range of particle sizes. During the pyrolysis, most of the carbon is converted into new products, which results in lower direct C[O.sub.2] emissions when compared to those from the direct burning of OS. Low air emissions coming from the combined use of CFB combustion with Enefit280 technology represent another environmental gain. In the latter, the excess heat will be converted into electricity to maximise the overall energetic efficiency of the process.

By now, new technologies for OS processing have been applied [2-6] and research towards developing OS oxy-fuel combustion technology has started [7-10]. These technologies yield solid wastes whose properties differ completely from those of wastes generated by obsolete methods [11-17]. By today, possibilities of using OS ash have been quite extensively studied and some have been realised (mainly based on outdated pulverised firing technology). The related areas are: production of cement and building blocks [18-20], preparation of curing mixtures and manufacturing of construction aggregates [21, 22], road base construction and strengthening/stabilizing of peat ground arrays [23], backfilling of underground mines [24], quick neutralization of acidic soils and production of granulated soil conditioners with modified composition [25, 26]. Oil shale is also utilised as a polymer filler, a raw material for precipitated calcium carbonate production [27-29], a component of ceramic plates and geopolymers [30], and materials with zeolitic properties, tobermorites [31-33], a phosphorus sorbent in municipal sewage treatment [34, 35], and an acidic gases sorbent (C[O.sub.2] and S[O.sub.2]) [36, 37].

The utilisation of OSA in several potentially voluminous areas, such as ground stabilization, mine backfilling, recultivation of abandoned mining sites, production of building materials, is related to its curing properties. The latter depend on the content of free CaO and secondary silicates in OSA.

At the same time, a trend today is to use lower firing temperatures in combustion processes, which results in a higher content of undecomposed carbonates and a lower content of clinker minerals in ash. Lower firing temperatures also cause a significant deterioration of the curing properties of ash. In addition, modifications to the ash separation systems alter its fractional composition and may affect utilisation as well.

The main aim of the current research is to study the properties of ash, a solid waste from Estonian oil shale combustion and retorting, focusing on its reusability and environmental impact. The results obtained will provide the basis for elucidating the most effective, profitable and environmentally friendly technology for OSA reuse.

2. Materials and methods

2.1. Ash samples

Ash samples taken from the industrial processing units of the Enefit Energiatootmine Oil Plant in Auvere were provided by AS Eesti Energia.

The DeSOx ash was collected from the pulverised firing unit at Eesti Power Plant (PP). The boiler temperature in pulverised firing could range to 1450 [degrees]C. The fly ash was moved from the boiler to the novel integrated desulphurisation (NID) technology-based reactor where S[O.sub.2] was aggregated with the ash, which was separated from the flue gases by using bag filters. As a result, the S[O.sub.2] concentrations in the flue gases were reduced from as high as 3400 mg/[Nm.sup.3] to about 400 mg/[Nm.sup.3].

The CFB ash was collected from Auvere PP, the world's newest oil shale plant. The electrostatic precipitator ash (ESPA) samples from fields 1-5 (Auvere ESPA, collected on 31.07.2015) were mixed proportionally to formation: 65% from field 1, 30% from field 2, 2.5% from field 2, 2% from field 4 and 0.5% from field 5. The total OS processing residue (Auvere total) was used as received from the main silo.

The cyclone ash (CA) from fields 1-5 (EN140 CA, mixed according to formation shares as follows: 73.7% from field 1, 17.9% from field 2 and 8.4% from field 3), the finer fraction of CA from fields 2-3 (EN140 CA2-3, mixed as follows: 68% from field 2 and 32% from field 3) and the electrostatic precipitator ash (EN140 ESPA) were collected from Enefit140 units between 07.05.2015 and 22.07.2015.

The bottom ash (EN280 BA), cyclone ash (EN280 CA) and total processing residue from the ash silo (EN280 total) were collected from Enefit280 units between 10.03.2015 and 12.06.2015.

2.2. Chemical and phase composition

The total carbon (TC) and total inorganic carbon (TIC) values were determined using an Eltra CS 580 Carbon Sulphur Determinator. The contents of free lime (fCaO) and sulphur forms (total sulphide, sulphates, and pyrites) were determined applying ethylene glycol [38] and EVS 664:1995 [39] methods, respectively. The chemical and phase composition was determined by X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy (Rigaku Primus II at Tallinn University of Technology's Department of Geology) and quantitative X-ray diffraction (XRD) (Bruker 8D Advanced).

2.3. Leaching tests

The standard batch leaching test, UNI EN 12457-2 [40], was applied to samples at the materials' own pH levels (pHmat). The ash sample (grain size 95% < 1 mm) was divided into two sub-samples (75 g each), which were shaken in two separate sealed glass bottles (1 L each) with 750 mL ofultrapure deionised water (Milli-Q, Advantage A10 System, Millipore SAS) for 24 hours at laboratory room temperature (20 [+ or -] 2 (o)C). The suspension (~600 mL) was separated by means of a vacuum filtration system which was equipped with a water aspirator pump, a 1 L filter flask, a Buchner funnel and a disposable 0.45 [micro]m PA membrane filter (HIMIFIL). The funnel was cleaned with 15.8 mol/L HNO3 and rinsed several times with ultrapure water before use. About 100 mL of the filtrate was used for pH and electric conductivity measurements and the rest was decanted into a 0.5 L PET bottle for the measurement of total dissolved solids (TDS) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC), as well as for the analysis of ions and trace elements. The bottle with water extracted from the replicate sample was not opened before the analysis of phenols was carried out. Water extracted from bottle 2 was delivered to the laboratory immediately after the leaching test.

The electric conductivity and pH of the filtrated extract were determined immediately after the leaching test by means of a BENCH PC 510 pH/Conductivity Meter (Eutech Instruments Pte Ltd, Singapore/Oakland Instruments). The analyses of filtrates for TDS, DOC, trace elements, cations and anions were conducted in the laboratory of Gesellschaft fur Bioanalytik mbH in Pinneberg (Germany) in accordance with the respective standards [41-45]. Phenols were analysed chromatographically in the central laboratory of the Health Board (Estonia). All analyses were conducted using accredited standard methods. One blank test for the presence of trace elements was carried out applying the same procedure but with no sample. The contents of the selected trace elements in water extracted from the blank test were found to be below the limit for quantification (LOQ) and no leaching method-related contamination could be detected.

2.4. Binding properties

The Brauner-Emmet-Teller (BET) method with a Kelvin 1042 sorptometer (Costech Microanalytical SC) was used to estimate the BET specific surface area (SSA) of ash. The SSA was also measured by the Blaine method in accordance with EVS-EN 196-6:2018 [46]. The particle size distribution was estimated using a Horiba LA-950 laser-scattering particle size distribution analyser. In addition, the gradation test was carried out in accordance with EVS-EN 933-1:2012 [47]. The particle surface and structure were analysed using a Zeiss EVO 15 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The loss on ignition (LOI), determined in a muffle furnace for a period of three hours at temperatures of 105 (o)C, 520 (o)C and 975 (o)C, and the indissoluble residue in aqua regia were also found out.

The pozzolanic activity of ash (the rate of the reaction between a pozzolan and Ca[(OH).sub.2] in the presence of water) was determined in the saturated Ca[(OH).sub.2] solution over a period of 30 days in accordance with EVS-EN 196-5 [48].

The binding properties of all ash samples were tested in two stages: firstly with hardened ash pastes and then with mortars. The water demand, setting times and soundness of ash pastes were determined according to EVS-EN 196-3 [49]. The main purpose of the soundness test was to determine the risk of expansion by means of the hydration of unbound calcium and magnesium oxides. While determining the setting times, the test pieces were stored not in water, but in > 95% RH. This was necessary due to the slow hardening rate of the ash. Expansion of Le Chatelier was determined after hardening in a humid environment over a period of seven days. Pastes were made with standard consistency and were hardened in Le Chatelier moulds for seven days at 20 [+ or -] 2 [degrees]C and > 95% relative humidity (RH).

Strength development (bending strength and compressive strength) was tested by means of EVS-EN 196-1 [50] using the 40 * 40 * 160 mm prisms of a 1:3 ash/sand mortar that had been hardened for seven, 14 and 28 days. The water to ash ratio was between 0.5-0.8. The moulded and compacted sample bodies first hardened for 48 hours in moulds, then over five days at 60% RH and 20 [+ or -] 2 [degrees]C, and further hardening continued for 28 days at > 95% RH and 20 [+ or -] 2 [degrees]C.

3. Results and discussion

3.1. Chemical and phase composition

The ash studied was relatively similar in macro compound content (Fig. 1) to that investigated earlier by Bityukova et al. [13] and Kuusik et al. [51]. The compound composition and respective ratios of the latter were as follows: CaO (28-38%), Si[O.sub.2] (21-31%), [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] (5-8%), [Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3] (3-4%) and MgO (3-5%). For comparison the results about OSA samples obtained previously by Raado et al. [15] and Uibu et al. [24] are also given. The samples had been collected from different points along the ash separation systems of PF (CA and PF ESPA1, respectively, from the block 1A cyclone and the electrostatic precipitator field 1) and CFB (CFB ESPA1, from the block 8A and the electrostatic precipitator field 1) boilers at Eesti Power Plant. The ash investigated in the current research differed in chemical and phase composition as well as physical characteristics from that analysed by researchers previously [13, 15, 16, 24, 51, 52].

Based on the XRD analysis results (Fig. 2), the samples were divided into two main groups. Group 1 included EN140, EN280 and Auvere total ashes whose main Ca carriers were carbonates (calcite and dolomite) with 18.7-71.1% and the content of free lime was below 1.2%. Group 2 consisted of DeSOx ash and Auvere ESPA whose Ca was mainly present in lime and portlandite with 8.7-15.4%, while the content of carbonates was low, 8.8-14.1%. The C2S beta content together with other Ca-Mg silicates (merwinite and wollastonite) in group 2 was somewhat higher, 8.3-16.5%, when compared to the 3.6-9.3% in group 1. Other XRD-detected silicates were quartz with 2.4-11.3%, K-feldspar with 2.9-16.6% and mica with 1.1-13.3%. The amorphous phase content estimates varied predominantly within 21-40%, while substantially lower amorphous phase contents were found in EN280 BA and Auvere total ash, 8-12%.

As expected, the DeSOx ash showed the highest sulphur content levels among all the OSA samples studied ([] = 3.7%) (Fig. 1), revealed by anhydrite (CaS[O.sub.4]) and hannebachite (CaS[O.sub.3]*0.5[H.sub.2]O) (Fig. 2). Anhydrite with 7-8% was found to be the dominant sulphur phase in EN280 and Auvere PP ashes. Sulphides were mainly present in the form of oldhamite (CaS) in the EN140 ash ([S.sub.sulfides] = 0.4-0.7%) (Fig. 3). Auvere ESPA and DeSOx ash appeared to be most similar in chemical and phase composition to the ashes studied previously [15, 24]. The TIC content was the highest in EN280, EN140 CA and Auvere total ashes (Fig. 3). In DeSOx, EN280 and Auvere ashes it remained relatively low, but was noticeably higher in the EN140 ash (Fig. 3). The chloride and fluoride contents in the ashes studied were < 0.051% and < 0.13%, respectively (Table 1).

The ashes' high contents of microelements Cr (11-118 ppm), Pb (26-203 ppm), As (11-61 ppm), Ba (9-371 ppm) and Mo (3-7 ppm) (Table 1) are of concern from an environmental aspect.

3.2. Leaching characteristics

As previous studies have shown, oil shale ash undergoes an alkaline reaction when it comes into contact with water [16, 24, 53-55]. The water extracts of DeSOx and Auvere PP ashes exhibited the highest values of electric conductivity and pH. Much lower pH (11.5-11.9) and electrical conductivity values of EN28O ash leachates indicated that ashes from modernised combustion technologies are of lower basicity. At the same time, the alkaline effect of OSA as a waste needs to be paid attention to. However, although characterised by certain hazardous, mainly alkaline properties, OS ashes should be classified as non-hazardous wastes, similarly to coal ashes [56]. The registration of burnt oil shale as a chemical under the REACH regulation and in the database of the European Chemicals Agency means that it can be used as a raw material and its alkalinity becomes an advantage [57].

The released quantities of priority contaminants Hg, Cd, Pb and Ni [58] from all ash samples at given conditions were below the detection limit, except for EN140 ESPA. Of the hazardous elements As, Ba, Cr and Cu, as classified in [59], the release of chromium from EN280 and DeSOx ash samples was clearly observable. The release of Mo from most of the samples was notable and was almost similar to that reported previously [54, 60].

The release of total dissolved solids and chlorides from all ash samples was considerable, except for EN280 BA. The lowest release of sulphates was observed for the EN140 ash and Auvere ESPA. The release of fluorides was substantial in case of all samples, except for the EN280 ash.

The quantity of dissolved organic carbon released varied between 56 and 275 mg/kg (Table 2). There was observed a minor release of phenols, mainly from the EN140 ESPA sample. Similar findings have been reported in a previous study on the leaching of retorting ash [54].

3.3. Binding properties

The utilisation of oil shale ash as a mineral binder depends upon the course of hydration which determines the development of strength and durability of hardened stone in water. The PF ash, which comes from electrostatic precipitators and has historically been a constituent of Portland cement [61], is characterised by predominantly hydraulic properties with slightly pozzolanic effects. Additionally, this ash reduces the demand for water in cement paste, thereby increasing the strength and durability of hardened concretes [62]. The hydration of CFB ESPA is mostly pozzolanic in nature and is characterised by increased water demand. Previously the hardening of CFB and PF electrostatic precipitator ashes were shown to reach the same compressive strength during the first 28 days, but the subsequent hydraulic hardening of CFB ash was hindered due to the lack of calcium silicates and aluminates [15].

3.3.1. Physical characteristics

The PF ash has been characterised by a low specific surface area, and the CFB ash by a high specific surface area, which is caused by a higher porosity of the latter [51]. Of the novel ash types, the DeSOx ash exhibited the lowest BET SSA, 1.25 [m.sub.2]/g, and an average grain size of 12.75 [micro]m (Table 3). The low BET SSA value was also indicative of the formation of the melted phase which affected the DeSOx ash particle surface, as shown in Figure 4a. Enefit280 BA contained more than 60% coarse fractions (> 1 mm; Table 4), while its BET SSA was 1.52 [m.sub.2]/g. The Enefit280 and Auvere total ashes also contained coarser particles, which complicates their usage as binders (Table 4). The average particle size of EN280 and EN140 cyclone ashes was in the range of 34-39 [micro]m, while their BET SSA remained between 5.0 and 5.5 [m.sup.2]/g (Table 3). The average particle size of EN140 CA2-3 and Auvere ESPA varied between 12 and 16 [micro]m and the BET SSA ranged from 5.8 to 6.0 [m.sub.2]/g. As expected, EN140 ESPA had the finest particle size, [d.sub.mean] = 5 [micro]m, BET SSA = 11.7 [m.sub.2]/g (Table 3). EN140, EN280 and Auvere ESPA were characterised by irregular particle shape and porous surface (Fig. 4, b-c).

3.3.2. Loss on ignition

The LOI at 105 [degrees]C indicated that all ash samples contained some moisture (< 0.35%). As expected, the content of organics was the highest in the finest fractions of EN140 ash (LOI = 6.38% for EN140 ESPA at 105-520 [degrees]C; Table 3), which was also confirmed by TOC values, as shown in Figure 3. The content of undecomposed carbonates was the highest in the coarser fractions of EN280 and EN140 ashes (LOI at 520-975 [degrees]C; Table 3), and the lowest in the DeSOx ash, as is also shown by TIC analysis (Fig. 3).

3.3.3. Pozzolanic properties

Pozzolanic activity is a measure of the degree of reaction over time between a pozzolan and [Ca.sup.2+] or Ca[(OH).sub.2] in the presence of water. The pozzolanic reaction converts a silica-rich precursor with no cementing properties into a calcium silicate with good cementing properties:

CH + SH [right arrow] C-S-H

The pozzolanic activity towards, or the content of reactive Si[O.sub.2] in free lime, is determined in the saturated Ca[(OH).sub.2] solution over the course of a 30-day period. Amongst the ashes studied, EN140 CA2-3 and EN140 ESPA exhibited pozzolanic properties (Fig. 5), which was also confirmed by their content of insoluble residue, 36-39% (Table 3).

3.3.4. The standard consistency, setting times and expansion of Le Chatelier

The standard consistency of EN140 and EN280 cyclone ashes, as well as the EN140 ash and Auvere ESPA was quite high (Table 5). The initial setting of ash pastes started between 40 and 310 minutes and took notably more time in the case of the EN140 ash and EN280 CA. The setting of EN140 ESPA did not start before 24 hours, which was probably due to the organics present in the ash (Table 3). The final setting times varied between 115 and 720 minutes. Experience has shown that the initial setting times of ashes remain within 60-120 minutes and final setting times within 120-300 minutes. The large expansion of unground DeSOx ash and EN280 BA could be decreased by grinding the materials up to 500 [m.sub.2]/kg (Table 5).

3.3.5. Hardening dynamics of ash mortars

The DeSOx ash-containing test pieces were tested at 28 days (Fig. 6a). The binding properties of Auvere ESPA-containing hardened mortars were superior to those of all the other ash mortars tested (Table 6). Achieving the required hardening and compressive strength, as well obtaining durable stones without any cracks presented problems with other ash types (Fig. 6). The grinding of coarse bottom and total ashes as well as capsulated DeSOx ash somewhat increased their strength and decreased water demand (Table 6, Fig. 7).

The types of burnt oil shale (oil shale ash) and requirements for usage are given in a national standard [63]. The modernisation of Estonian oil shale industry has resulted in the change of the composition as well as binding properties of the ashes generated. Analysis showed EN140 and EN280 ashes to be unfit for usage as binders. Auvere ESPA turned out to be the only suitable binder. Coarse Auvere and EN280 bottom and total ashes should be subjected to pre-treatment through milling before being used as binders. It would also be worth exploring the use of the fine pozzolanic ash from Enefit140 and Enefit280 units as an ingredient in mixed binder materials. The recovery rate of OS ashes in conventional solutions also depends on the demand for construction materials and related logistics. Areas of large-scale use include road construction, mass stabilization, building materials production, and agriculture. From a logistical point of view, the viability of the fields depends on demand, which ensures minimum critical volumes from the aspect of transport costs. On the other hand, in addition to the low cost of OSA, the OS production residues logistics in Estonia is shaped by the geographical location of production, as well as demand, and restrictions to the choice of suitable transport modes. Therefore, the search for novel non-conventional OS ash applications should continue. The oil shale ash-based production of precipitated calcium carbonate is one option that is currently under development [64-66].

4. Conclusions

A new set of information on the chemical and physical composition as well as structural characteristics of solid residues (ashes) forming in updated oil shale processing technologies in Estonian oil shale industry is presented. The results obtained will form the basis for the further optimisation of deposition conditions, as well as utilisation-recycling processes of ash of changed composition and characteristics.

The new types of oil shale ash from Enefit280 and Enefit140 units contain significantly less free lime and more undecomposed carbonates when compared to ashes from pulverised firing and circulating fluidised bed boilers analysed previously. The Enefit140 ash also contains organic carbon and sulphides.

The ashes studied are characterised by the basic reaction in water and leaching of salts, especially sulphates and chlorides, into the aqueous medium. In the longer term, the release of Cr, Mo and Ba from fly ash may exert an adverse impact on the aquatic environment. The Enefit140 electrostatic precipitator ash discharges both monobasic and dibasic phenols at a concentration of 1.5 mg/kg and 0.3 mg/kg, respectively.

The alkaline effect may pose a problem if oil shale ash is treated as a waste. Considering burnt oil shale as a by-product of energy or oil production means that it can be used as a raw material, in which case the alkalinity becomes an advantage. With the modernisation of oil shale industry the composition of ash has changed, as have its binding properties. Of the ashes tested, only Auvere electrostatic precipitator ash was found to have potential as a binder. The coarse total ashes from Auvere Power Plant and Enefit280 units, as well as capsulated DeSOx ash, would require pre-treatment through milling before being used as binders. The pozzolanic ash of higher specific surface, such as Enefit140 finer ash fractions and Enefit280 cyclone ash, should be further studied for use as an ingredient in mixed binders.


The Estonian Ministry ofEducation and Research (SF0140082s08, IUT33-19), the European Regional Development Fund (RITA1/01-01-07) and Eesti Energia AS are acknowledged for financial support for this study.


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Mai Uibu (a) (*), Kadriann Tamm (a), Regiina Viires (a), Janek Reinik (b), Peeter Somelar (c), Lembi Raado (d), Tiina Hain (d), Rein Kuusik (a), Andres Trikkel (a)

(a) Laboratory of Inorganic Materials, Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia

(b) National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Akadeemia tee 23, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia

(c) Department of Geology, University of Tartu, Ravila 14A, 50411 Tartu, Estonia

(d) Building Lifecycle Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia

(*) Corresponding author: e-mail

Received 14.11.2019, accepted 16.05.2021, available online 10.06.2021

Table 1. The content of microelements
Ash       DeSOx      EN140      EN140    EN140    EN280      EN280
Element   CA         CA2-3    ESPA     BA         CA
As, ppm     32.6       14.6       37.3     61.1     11.7       34.9
Ba, ppm    190.5      153.1      291.9    371.8   < 50        210.3
Br, ppm    371.7      165.9      225.4    430.5     52.6      266.6
Ce, ppm   < 50       < 50       < 50     < 50     < 50       < 50
Co, ppm   < 20       < 20       < 20     < 20     < 20       < 20
Cr, ppm     60.4       67.9      117.8     78.5     11.7       44.1
Cu, ppm     17.1       16         21.6     17.2     12         12.9
F, %       < 0.1      < 0.1      < 0.1    < 0.1    < 0.1        0.13
Cl, %        0.018      0.048      0        0        0.023      0.006
Ga, ppm      5.7        < 5        9.6     13.4    < 5          7.4
Ge, ppm    < 5        < 5        < 5      < 5      < 5        < 5
La, ppm   < 50       < 50       < 50     < 50     < 50       < 50
Mo, ppm    < 5        < 5          6.7      7      < 5          5.9
Nb, ppm      6.7        < 5        6        9.9      2.7        7.3
Nd, ppm   < 50       < 50       < 50     < 50     < 50       < 50
Ni, ppm     26         30.8       42       44.5     13.6       27.4
Pb, ppm    122.6      36.4        55.4    203.4     26.7       59
Rb, ppm    108        50.9        85.2    133.9     11.1       69.6
Se, ppm    < 5        < 5        < 5      < 5      < 5        < 5
Sr, ppm    230.2      251.9      289      297      266.8      270
Th, ppm   < 10       < 10       < 10     < 10     < 10       < 10
U, ppm    < 10       < 10       < 10     < 10     < 10       < 10
V, ppm      43.9       34         56.8     91.6   < 20         47.2
Y, ppm       8.3       10.1       10.5     14.2      6.3       10.4
Zn, ppm    191.2       74.1       59.1     54.4    107.2       89.3
Zr, ppm     91.4       70.7      102.4    118.7     21.9       86
Ash       EN280     Auvere     Auvere
Element   total     total      ESPA
As, ppm     18.5      25.5       32.3
Ba, ppm    138.6     169.7      245.8
Br, ppm    182.7     214.8      382.4
Ce, ppm   < 50      < 50       < 50
Co, ppm   < 20      < 20       < 20
Cr, ppm     42.3      44.6       63.2
Cu, ppm     14.6      16.4       21.4
F, %       < 0.1     < 0.1      < 0.1
Cl, %        0.03      0.051      0.018
Ga, ppm    < 5         5.6        6
Ge, ppm    < 5       < 5        < 5
La, ppm   < 50      < 50       < 50
Mo, ppm    < 5       5.1          6.6
Nb, ppm    < 5       5.2          5.6
Nd, ppm   < 50      < 50       < 50
Ni, ppm     21.6      25.4       34.4
Pb, ppm     24.6      49         71.6
Rb, ppm     45.4      56.2       87.8
Se, ppm    < 5       < 5        < 5
Sr, ppm    308.9     284.2      324.7
Th, ppm   < 10      < 10       < 10
U, ppm    < 10      < 10       < 10
V, ppm      34.8      34.5       59.2
Y, ppm      10.7      11.2       13.3
Zn, ppm     58.1     145        109.7
Zr, ppm     53.5      73.6       98.4
Table 2. The release of components from ash samples at [pH.sub.mat], 
mg/[kg.sub.dry] (L/S = 10 L/kg). Monobasic phenols: phenol, p-, 
m-cresol (sum), o-cresol; dibasic phenols: 3,4-dimethylphenol, 
3,5-dimethylphenol, 2,4;2,5-dimethylphenol (sum), 2,6;2,
3-dimethylphenol (sum), hydroquinone, resorcinol, pyrochehol, 
beta-naphthol, 5-methylresocinol, 2,5-dimethylresorcinol
Ash                           DeSOx       EN 140      EN 140
Component                                 CA          CA2-3
Arsenic (As)                    < 0.005     < 0.005       0.02
Barium (Ba)                       5.1         4.9         4
Cadmium (Cd)                    < 0.003     < 0.003     < 0.003
Chromium (Cr) total               0.82       <0.01        0.035
Cuprum (Cu)                      <0.01       <0.01        1.8
Mercury (Hg)                    < 0.002      <0.01      < 0.002
Molybdenum (Mo)                   1.4         1.1         1.8
Nickel (Ni)                      <0.01       <0.01       <0.01
Lead (Pb)                         0.42       <0.01       <0.01
Antimony (Sb)                   --            0.022       0.013
Selene (Se)                      <0.02        0.032      <0.01
Zinc (Zn)                        <0.1        <0.1        <0.05
Vanadium (V)                     <0.01       <0.01        0.015
Chloride ([Cl.sup.-])          4055        1070        2730
Fluoride ([F.sub.-])             10.3        26          27
Sulfate ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])   15650         190         360
Sulfide ([S.sup.2-])             <0.4        <0.4         0.74
Sulfite ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])     260          na          na
DOC                             275          79          20
Sum of 1-basic phenols           <0.05        0.011       0.034
Sum of 2-basic phenols           <0.05      < 0.005     < 0.005
Sum of phenols                   <0.05        0.011       0.034
TDS                           54930       41000       10560
pH of the leachate               12.2        12.8        12
Ash                           EN 140       EN280 BA    EN280 CA
Component                     ESPA
Arsenic (As)                      0.018        0.018       0.0069
Barium (Ba)                      24            1.4         1.5
Cadmium (Cd)                    < 0.003      < 0.003     < 0.003
Chromium (Cr) total              <0.01         0.13        3.5
Cuprum (Cu)                      <0.01        <0.01       <0.01
Mercury (Hg)                      0.0026     < 0.002     < 0.002
Molybdenum (Mo)                   2            1.1         5
Nickel (Ni)                      <0.01        <0.01       <0.01
Lead (Pb)                        <0.01        <0.01       <0.01
Antimony (Sb)                     0.014        --          --
Selene (Se)                       0.066       <0.02        0.05
Zinc (Zn)                        <0.1         <0.1        <0.1
Vanadium (V)                     <0.01         0.22        0.22
Chloride ([Cl.sup.-])          1890          535        1815
Fluoride ([F.sub.-])             27            9.2         8.6
Sulfate ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])      71        11050       15350
Sulfide ([S.sup.2-])            180            0.8        <0.4
Sulfite ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])      na         < 10        < 10
DOC                             170           67         108
Sum of 1-basic phenols            1.5         <0.05       <0.05
Sum of 2-basic phenols            0.278       <0.05       <0.05
Sum of phenols                    1.8         <0.05       <0.05
TDS                           33600        17660       29340
pH of the leachate               12.4         11.5        11.7
Ash                           EN280       Auvere      Auvere
Component                     total       total       ESPA
Arsenic (As)                    < 0.005     < 0.005     < 0.005
Barium (Ba)                       1.5         3.4        30
Cadmium (Cd)                    < 0.003     < 0.003     < 0.003
Chromium (Cr) total               1.7        <0.01        0.12
Cuprum (Cu)                      <0.01       <0.01       <0.01
Mercury (Hg)                    < 0.002      <0.01       <0.01
Molybdenum (Mo)                   2.6         1.9         0.49
Nickel (Ni)                      <0.01       <0.01       <0.01
Lead (Pb)                        <0.01        0.16        0.18
Antimony (Sb)                    <0.01        0.022       0.05
Selene (Se)                       0.032       0.026      <0.02
Zinc (Zn)                        <0.1        <0.1        <0.1
Vanadium (V)                      0.25       <0.01       <0.01
Chloride ([Cl.sup.-])          1150        1240        1700
Fluoride ([F.sub.-])              3.1        10          12
Sulfate ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])   15000        7050          29
Sulfide ([S.sup.2-])             <0.4        <0.4        <0.4
Sulfite ([SO.sub.4.sup.2-])    --           --           na
DOC                              56         130         140
Sum of 1-basic phenols            0.024       0.024       0.029
Sum of 2-basic phenols          < 0.005     < 0.005     < 0.005
Sum of phenols                    0.024       0.024       0.029
TDS                           24800       67500       76400
pH of the leachate               11.9        13          12.6
Table 3. The density, specific surface area, mean particle size, loss 
on ignition and indissoluble residue of ashes
Parameter      Density,      [d.sub.mean],   Blaine         BET
Ash            g/cm.sup.3]   [micro]m        SSA,           SSA,
                                             [m.sup.2]/kg   [m.sup.2]/g
DeSOx          2.64          12.75            342            1.25
EN140 CA       2.68          38.83            261            4.98
EN140 CA2-3    2.63          13.96            344            6.06
EN140 ESPA     2.51           5.07           1135           10.98
EN280 BA       2.74          --              pieces          1.52
EN280 CA       2.74          33.72            557            5.49
EN280 total    2.74          --              pieces          3.47
Auvere total   2.78          70.46            317            7.95
Auvere ESPA    2.80          16.84            457           11.66
Parameter                       Loss on ignition, %
Ash            105 [degrees]C   105-520 [degrees]C    520-975 [degrees]C
DeSOx          0.20             0.82                   4.97
EN140 CA       0.14             0.28                  22.06
EN140 CA2-3    0.19             2.89                  15.61
EN140 ESPA     0.35             6.38                   9.80
EN280 BA       0.01             0.20                  37.35
EN280 CA       0.03             0.25                  17.03
EN280 total    0.07             0.20                  26.11
Auvere total   0.06             0.01                  17.54
Auvere ESPA    0.03             0.20                   8.21
Parameter      Indissoluble residue, %
DeSOx          15.52
EN140 CA       20.54
EN140 CA2-3    35.70
EN140 ESPA     38.85
EN280 BA        5.97
EN280 CA       29.13
EN280 total    15.88
Auvere total   20.83
Auvere ESPA    26.19
Table 4. Sieving results for ashes
Sieve size,    10    8     4      2      1      0.5    0.25        0.125
                                                       % retained
EN140 CA
EN140 CA2-3
EN280 CA
EN280 total                       10.3   13.3    8.9    7.2        7.6
EN280 BA       0.0   1.3   14.7   24.9   20.2   13.5   12.3        9.0
Auvere total
Auvere ESPA
Sieve size,    0.09   0.063   0.032   Pan
               % retained
DeSOx           1.2   2.9      6.1    89.8
EN140 CA       17.4   9.4     17.5    55.7
EN140 CA2-3     1.0   2.0     10.2    86.8
EN140 ESPA            0.5      1.2    98.3
EN280 CA        2.6   4.5     13.1    79.8
EN280 total     2.9   3.1      7.1    39.6
EN280 BA        1.8   1.0      0.7     0.6
Auvere total   18.3   3.6     14.4    63.7
Auvere ESPA     0.    0.2      3.1    96.5
Table 5. The standard consistency, setting times and Le Chatelier 
expansion of ashes
Parameter      Standard         Initial setting   Final setting time,
Ash            consistency, %   time, min         min
DeSOx          30               120               220
EN140 CA       46               270               540
EN140 CA2-3    64               310               720
EN140 ESPA     65              > 30 h            --
EN280 BA       36                75               240
EN280 CA       51               255               660
EN280 total    35                40               205
Auvere total   43               180               395
Auvere ESPA    64                45               115
Parameter      Expansion,   Expansion, mm (ash ground)
Ash            mm
DeSOx          30.0         10.0
EN140 CA        1.0
EN140 CA2-3     2.0
EN140 ESPA      1.0
EN280 BA        --           7.0
EN280 CA        6.0
EN280 total     2.0
Auvere total    3.0
Auvere ESPA     0.0
Table 6. The bending strength (three replicas) and compressive strength 
(six replicas) of ash mortars (* the strength of test objects was not 
adequate for analysis)
Parameter/    Water/ash ratio  Bending strength,   Compressive strength,
Ash           N/m[m.sub.2]     N/m[m.sub.2]
                               7 d    14 d   28 d  7 d   14 d   28 d
DeSOx         0.50             *      0.64   0.70  0.3   3.8    5.4
EN140 CA      0.61             0.19   0.35   0.25  0.6   1.2    1.0
EN140 CA2-3   0.78             0.28   0.26   0.05  1.1   1.2    0.4
EN140 ESPA    0.89             0.17   0.27   0.15  0.7   1.4    1.1
EN280 BA      0.80             *      *      *     *     *      *
EN280 CA      0.70             *      0.20   0.25  *     0.6    0,7
EN280 total   0.61             *      *      *     *     *      0.3
Auvere total  0.61             0.32   0.75   0.79  1.8   2.5    2.9
Auvere ESPA   0.78             1.34   1.77   1.68  5.2   7.6    7.5
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