Wholesale e-shop

calorific value

Calorific value is a physical property of a fuel or combustible substance that indicates the amount of heat released during the complete combustion of a unit of weight of this fuel. The calorific value is also called the energy value of the fuel.

The definition of calorific value refers to the energy content of the fuel and indicates how much thermal energy can be obtained from a given amount of fuel during combustion. Calorific value is measured in units of energy per unit mass, such as joules per gram (J/g) or megajoules per kilogram (MJ/kg).

Calorific value is an important factor in the evaluation of fuels and their use in various applications such as energy, heating, electricity generation and others. A higher calorific value means that the fuel has a higher energy content and can provide more heat when burned.

The calorific value of the fuel depends on its chemical composition and structure. Fuels with a higher content of carbon and binders usually have a higher calorific value. For example, carbon, hydrocarbons, wood, and coal have relatively high calorific values, while water and other inorganic substances have lower calorific values.

The calorific value (Q) of the fuel can be calculated using the formula:

Q = Qᵥ / m

Q is the calorific value of the fuel,
Qᵥ is the thermal energy released during fuel combustion (in joules or other energy units),
m is the mass of the fuel.

Calorific value is therefore calculated as the ratio of thermal energy released during combustion to the weight of the fuel. This formula is used to determine the energy content of the fuel and makes it possible to compare the calorific value of different fuels. It is important that the mass of the fuel and the thermal energy are in the same units so that the result is correct.


It is important to note that calorific value is a characteristic of the fuel itself and may not take into account the efficiency of the combustion process or heat loss. When using fuel to produce heat or energy, it is also necessary to take into account factors such as the efficiency of the combustion device, heat losses and other factors that affect the actual energy yield from the fuel.


Vytvořil Shoptet | Design Shoptetak.cz.