Small-scale gasifier efficiency optimization through the development of a biomass gasification model.  This work analyzed and optimized the efficiency of a small-scale gasifier for their application to electrify remote communities in developing countries.
 
The moisture content of the biomass feeding the gasifier affects the performance of the gasification plant. In those cases where biomass has high moisture content, the inclusion of a drying stage prior to gasification increases significantly the electric efficiency. Preheating the air feeding the gasifier increases slightly the electric efficiency.