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  • 1. Bozaghian, Marjan
    et al.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Larsson, Sylvia H.
    Thyrel, Mikael
    Xiong, Shaojun
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Engineering, S-971 87 Luleå, Sweden.
    Combustion characteristics of straw stored with CaCO3 in bubbling fluidized bed using quartz and olivine as bed materials2018In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118, Vol. 212, p. 1400-1408Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The addition of Ca-containing compounds can reduce mass loss from agricultural biomass during storage. The resulting alkaline environment is detrimental to microorganisms present in the material. Theoretical analysis of Ca-containing biomass suggests that combustion properties are improved with respect to slagging. To validate the theoretical calculations, barley straw was utilized as a typical model agricultural biomass and combustion characteristics of straw pre-treated with 2 and 4 w/w% CaCO3 for combined improvement of storage and combustion properties were determined through combustion at 700 degrees C in a bench-scale bubbling fluidized-bed reactor (5 kW) using quartz and olivine sand as bed materials. The combustion characteristics were determined in terms of elemental composition and compound identification in bed ash and bed material including agglomerates, fly ash, particulate matter as well as flue gas measurements. The addition of CaCO3 to straw had both positive and negative effects on its combustion characteristics. Both additive levels raised the total de fluidization temperature for both quartz and olivine, and olivine proved to be less susceptible than quartz to reactions with alkali. With Ca-additives, the composition of deposits and fine particulate matter changed to include higher amounts of KCl potentially leading to higher risk for alkali chloride-induced corrosion. Flue gas composition was heavily influenced by CaCO3 additives by significantly elevated CO concentrations likely related to increased levels of gaseous alkali compounds. The results suggest that it is necessary to reduce gaseous alkali compounds, e.g. through kaolin or sulphur addition, if alkali-rich straw is to be co-combusted with Ca-rich biomass or large amounts of Ca-additives.

  • 2.
    Bozaghian, Marjan
    et al.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Larsson, Sylvia H.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Xiong, Shaojun
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Combustion characteristics of barley straw stored with CaCO3 using olivine and quartz as bed materials in fluidized bed combustion2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Bozaghian, Marjan
    et al.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Larsson, Sylvia H.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Xiong, Shaojun
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Combustion characteristics of barley straw stored with CaCO3 using quartz and olivine as bed materials in fluidized-bed combustion2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 4. Nazelius, Ida-Linn
    et al.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Boman, Christoffer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Öhman, Marcus
    Fuel indices for estimation of slagging of phosphorus-poor biomass in fixed bed combustion2017In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 904-915Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The market for solid biofuels will grow rapidly during the coming years, and there will be a great demand for raw materials. This will force the existing fuel base to also cover wooden materials of lower qualities as well as agricultural raw materials and residues, which often show unfavorable ash-melting temperatures. This may lead to combustion-related problems. Thus, for the utilization of lower quality fuels, it is important to be able to predict potential fuel ash-related problems such as slagging. In light of this, the first objective of the present paper was to evaluate the applicability of previously defined indices for slagging of biomass fuels (phosphorus-poor) in fixed bed combustion. The evaluation showed that none of the previously suggested indices in the literature are suitable for qualitative (nor quantitative) prediction of slagging during fixed bed combustion of P-poor biomass fuels. Hence, a second objective was to develop improved novel fuel indices that can be applied to estimate the slagging of phosphorus-poor biomass in fixed bed combustion. The novel fuel indices give a qualitative prediction of the slagging tendency in biomass fixed bed combustion but still needs additional work to further extend the compositional range as well as to fine tune the indices' boundaries.

  • 5.
    Piotrowska, Patrycja
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Lindberg, Daniel
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Öhman, Marcus
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Waste gypsum board and ash-related problems during combustion of biomass: 1. Fluidized bed2015In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 877-893Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is the first in a series of two describing the use of waste gypsum boards as an additive during combustion of biomass. This paper focuses on experiments performed in a bench-scale bubbling fluidized-bed reactor (5 kW). Three biomass fuels were used, i.e., wheat straw (WS), reed canary grass (RC), and spruce bark (SB), with and without addition of shredded waste gypsum board (SWGB). The objective of this work was to determine the effect of SWGB addition on biomass ash transformation reactions during fluidized bed combustion. The combustion was carried out in a bed of quartz sand at 800 or 700 degrees C for 8 h. After the combustion stage, a controlled fluidizedbed agglomeration test was carried out to determine the defluidization temperature. During combustion experiments, outlet gas composition was continuously measured by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. At the same place in the flue gas channel, particulate matter was collected with a 13-stage Dekati low-pressure impactor. Bottom and cyclone fly ash samples were collected after the combustion tests. In addition, during the combustion tests a 6-h deposit sample was collected with an air-cooled (430 degrees C) probe. All ash samples were analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry for elemental composition and with X-ray powder diffraction for the detection of crystalline phases. Decomposition of CaSO4 originating from SWGB was mainly observed during combustion of reed canary grass at 800 degrees C. The decomposition was observed as doubled SO2 emissions. No significant increase of SO2 during combustion of SB and WS was observed. However, the interaction of SWGB particles with WS and SB ash forming matter, mainly potassium containing compounds, led to the formation of K2Ca2(SO4)(3).

  • 6.
    Rebbling, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences & Mathematics, Energy Engineering.
    Understanding reactivity using fuel design - phosphorus vs kaolin in combustion of stem wood2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The fate of various ash-forming elements determine how well a fuel will perform in a given thermochemical energy conversion process. In order understand ash-related process problems it is particularly important in which compounds alkali metal ions, for biomass this primarily means K+ and Na+, are bonded. Their low charge and relatively large ionic radii leads to poor bond strengths in compounds where they provide the only Lewis acid component, i.e. electron acceptor. This can be remedied by trying to bond alkali metal ions to stronger, predominantly molecular Lewis bases which is the case in for instance arkanite, K2SO4 – the targeted reaction product when (NH4)2SO4 is added in the flue gas to reduce KCl formation. Another approach is to bond alkali in bottom or bed ash, by including Lewis base forming elements such as phosphorus or the additive kaolin which is dominated by kaolinite. This route attempts to promote formation of high-temperature melting compounds with at least one alkali metal ion per phosphate or other starting molecule.

    While the understanding of how phosphorus reacts in combustion process is increasing it is valuable to understand how it will react in presence of other elements or molecules that play an important role for alkali capture. This will be of interest in situations where the base fuels may be combusted with addition of sulphur or kaolin, for instance. If the base fuels has a high concentration of phosphorus the amount of additive may need to be adjusted according to what phosphates will form, and if they will form even in the presence of the amending additives. Using the inherent composition of the fuel to decide suitable strategies for additive choice or possibly co-combustion is a key component of fuel design.

    The aim of this study is to investigate the relative Lewis base potential for capture of alkali metal ions between phosphates and kaolin. This is made by adding highly available phosphorus in the form of di-ammonium hydrogen phosphate, (NH4)2HPO4, and kaolin, a mineral where kaolinite is the main constituent for capturing alkali to the fuel blend. The fuel chosen is stem wood where the amount of Lewis acid forming elements greatly surpass that of Lewis base forming elements found in the ash forming matter.

  • 7.
    Rebbling, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Näzelius, Ida-Linn
    Piotrowska, Patrycja
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Boman, Christoffer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Ohman, Marcus
    Waste Gypsum Board and Ash-Related Problems during Combustion of Biomass. 2. Fixed Bed2016In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 30, no 12, p. 10705-10713Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is the second of two describing the use of shredded waste gypsum board (SWGB) as an additive during combustion of biomass. The focus of this paper is to determine whether SWGB can be used as a fuel additive providing CaO and SO2/SO3 for mitigation of ash-related operational problems during combustion of biomass and waste derived fuels in grate fired fixed bed applications. The former study in this series was performed in a fluidized bed and thus allow for comparison of results. Gypsum may decompose at elevated temperatures and forms solid CaO and gaseous SO2/SO3 which have been shown to reduce problems with slagging on the fixed bed and alkali chloride deposit formation. Three different biomasses, spruce bark (SB), reed canary grass (RG), and wheat straw (WS), were combusted with and without addition of SWGB in a residential pellet burner (20 kWth). Waste derived fuel with and without the addition of SWGB was combusted in a large scale grate-fired boiler (25 MWth). The amount of added SWGB varied between 1 and 4 wt %. Ash, slag, and particulate matter (PM) were sampled and subsequently analyzed with scanning electron microscopy/ energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Decomposition of CaSO4 originating from SWGB was observed as elevated SO2 emissions in both the large scale and small scale facilities and significantly higher than was observed in the fluidized bed study. Slag formation was significantly reduced due to formation of calcium-silicates in small scale application, but no conclusive observations regarding calcium reactivity could be made in the large scale application. In the small scale study the formation of K2SO4 was favored over KC1 in PM, while in the large scale study K3Na(SO4)(2) and K2Zn2(SO4)(3) increased. It is concluded that SWGB can be used as a source of CaO and SO2/SO3 to mitigate slag formation on the grate and chloride-induced high temperature corrosion and that fixed bed applications are likely more suitable than bubbling fluidized beds when using SWGB as an additive.

  • 8.
    Sundberg, Peter
    et al.
    Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy/Biorefinery and Energy.
    Fagerström, Jonathan
    Åbo Akademi University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering.
    Rebbling, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hermansson, Sven
    Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy/Biorefinery and Energy.
    Tullin, Claes
    Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE Bioeconomy/Biorefinery and Energy.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Öhman, Marcus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Engineering.
    Boman, Christoffer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Biomass and peat co-combustion in full scale grate boilers - a primary measure for reduction of fine particle emissions2017Conference paper (Refereed)
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