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Release of Chlorine and Sulfur during Biomass Torrefaction and Pyrolysis

Suriyati, Saleh and Flensborg, Julie Pauline and Shoulaifar, Tooran Khazraie and Sarossy, Zsuzsa and Hansen, Brian Brun and Egsgaard, Helge and DeMartini, Nikolai and Jensen, Peter Arendt and Glarborg, Peter and Dam-Johansen, Kim (2014) Release of Chlorine and Sulfur during Biomass Torrefaction and Pyrolysis. Energy & Fuels, 28 (6). pp. 3738-3746. ISSN 0887-0624

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The release of chlorine (Cl) and sulfur (S) during biomass torrefaction and pyrolysis has been investigated via experiments in two laboratory-scale reactors: a rotating reactor and a fixed bed reactor. Six biomasses with different chemical compositions covering a wide range of ash content and ash-forming elements were torrefied/pyrolyzed in the temperature range of 150 – 500 °C. The relative release of chlorine and sulfur was calculated based on mass balance and analysis of the biomass before and after torrefaction. In selected cases, measurement of methyl chloride (CH3Cl) in the gas from straw torrefaction has furthermore been conducted. The release of chlorine from straw was first observed at 250 °C and peaked with about 60-70% at 350 °C. Analysis of the released gas showed that most of the chlorine was released as methyl chloride. Increasing the straw content in the reactor resulted in a lower fractional release of Cl, probably due to more reactive sites is in contact with gas phase Cl species leading to secondary binding of Cl to the solid product. Almost complete release of chlorine was observed for woody biomass at 350 °C. This result is in agreement with previous studies reporting that biomass with a lower chlorine content release a higher fraction of chlorine during the pyrolysis process. A significant sulfur release (about 60%) was observed from the six biomasses investigated at 350 °C. The initial sulfur content in the biomass did not influence the fraction of sulfur release during torrefaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Suriyati Saleh
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 07:03
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 06:38
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