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Ash Transformation Chemistry during Combustion of Biomass
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5777-9241
Luleå Univ Technol, Div Energy Sci, SE-97187 Luleå, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
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2012 (English)In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 26, no 1, 85-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is relatively extensive knowledge available concerning ash transformation reactions during combustion of woody biomass. In recent decades, the use of these energy carriers has increased, from a low-technology residential small-scale level to an industrial scale. Along this evolution, ash chemical-related phenomena for woody biomass have been observed and studied. Therefore, presently the understanding for these are, if not complete, fairly good. However, because the demand for CO2-neutral energy resources has increased recently and will continue to increase in the foreseeable future, other biomasses, such as, for instance, agricultural crops, have become highly interesting. The ash-forming matter in agricultural biomass is rather different in comparison to woody biomass, with a higher content of phosphorus as a distinctive feature. The knowledge about the ash transformation behavior in these systems is far from complete. Here, an attempt to give a schematic but general description of the ash transformation reactions of biomass fuels is presented in terms of a conceptual model, with the intention to provide guidance in the understanding of ash matter behavior in the use of any biomass fuel, primarily from the knowledge of the concentrations of ash-forming elements. The model was organized in primary and secondary reactions. Restrictions on the theoretical model in terms of reactivity limitations and physical conditions of the conversion process were discussed and exemplified, and some principal differences between biomass ashes dominated by Si and P, separately, were outlined and discussed.

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Washington DC: American Chemical Society , 2012. Vol. 26, no 1, 85-93 p.
National Category
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52666DOI: 10.1021/ef201205bISI: 000299583400010OAI: diva2:507505
Available from: 2012-03-05 Created: 2012-02-28 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Ash chemistry and fuel design focusing on combustion of phosphorus-rich biomass
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Biomass is increasingly used as a feedstock in global energy production. This may present operational challenges in energy conversion processes which are related to the inorganic content of these biomasses. As a larger variety of biomass is used the need for a basic understanding of ash transformation reactions becomes increasingly important. This is not only to reduce operational problems but also to facilitate the use of ash as a nutrient source for new biomass production.

Ash transformation reactions were examined in the present work using the Lewis acid-base concept. The model presented in Paper I was further extended and discussed, including the definition of tertiary ash transformation reactions as reaction steps where negatively charged molecular ions, Lewis bases, other than hydroxides are present in the reactants. The effect of such reactions for bonding of various metal ions, Lewis acids, were discussed. It was found that the formation of various phosphates through secondary and tertiary ash transformation reactions is important for the behaviour of biomass ash in combustion. The suggested model was supported by findings in Papers II-VIII.

The experimental findings in Papers II-VIII were discussed in terms of ash transformation reactions. The fuel design choices made to investigate the effect of phosphorus in particular on ash transformation reactions were high-lighted. Addition of phosphoric acid to woody-type and agricultural biomasses showed that phosphate formation has a large influence on the speciation of Si, S, and Cl. Co-combustion of a problematic agricultural residue with other biomasses showed that the relation between phosphorus, alkali and alkaline earth metal content is important. Co-combustion of biosolids with wheat straw was shown to greatly improve the combustion properties of wheat straw.

It was suggested that fuel analyses should be presented using molar concentration (mole/kg) in diagrams based on ash transformation reactions and elements forming Lewis acids or bases. This may facilitate the assessment of the combustion behaviour of a fuel. Some comments were made on fuel design and additives, specifically pointing out that phosphorus content should always be carefully considered in relation to alkali and alkaline earth metals in fuels and fuel blends.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2014. 50 p.
phosphorus, biomass, combustion, ash chemistry, fuel design, ash transformation, phosphorus-rich, ash-forming elements, fuel fingerprint, ash transformation reactions, Lewis base, Lewis acid
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Inorganic Chemistry Energy Engineering
Research subject
Inorganic Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88505 (URN)978-91-7601-070-9 (ISBN)
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2014-06-05, N430, Naturvetarhuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-08 Last updated: 2014-05-15Bibliographically approved

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