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  • 1.
    Broström, Markus
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Ash fractionation and slag formation during entrained flow biomass gasification2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Entrained flow studies on biomass fuel powder conversion and ash formation2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Reducing the global dependence on fossil fuels is of paramount importance in tackling the environmental challenges we face, not only tomorrow, but already today. Biomass offers a renewable supply of CO2-neutral raw material that can be converted into many different forms of fuels and valuable chemicals, making it a prime candidate for the technologies of tomorrow. However, the heterogeneous nature and distinctly different elemental composition of biomass compared to traditional fossil sources present new challenges to be solved. When it comes to thermochemical technologies, key issues concern fuel conversion efficiency, ash formation, ash/fuel interactions and ash/reactor material interactions.

    The objective of the present thesis was to provide new knowledge and insights into thermochemical fuel conversion, in particular its application in entrained flow technologies. A laboratory-scale reactor was constructed, evaluated and was used to study several aspects of high-temperature entrained flow biomass fuel conversion. Pulverized fuel particles from different biomass sources were used, and their physical and chemical interactions with the surrounding atmosphere, the concurrent ash element release, ash formation, and phase interactions were also studied in detail. In addition to the entrained flow reactor designed and constructed for this purpose, the main method for data collection was in situ optical studies of converting particles, either while entrained in the flow or when impacting upon surfaces. Elemental composition analysis of collected samples and gas analysis were also performed, allowing for a deeper understanding of ash element fractionation and interactions and thus explaining the observed properties of the resulting deposits or slag.

    The degree of conversion of fuels with very low ash content, such as stem wood, was well described and modeled by a novel method using optical data, offering a non-intrusive and non-destructive alternative to traditional techniques. Coupling computational fluid dynamics with optical data allowed for improved experimental data interpretation and provided improved accuracy for fuel particle residence time estimations, which is an important parameter when studying fast chemical reactions such as those taking place in reactors for entrained flow conditions. The results from studies on ash formation gave new insights into the feasibility of using dry-mixed K-rich additives for improving slag properties during gasification of Ca-rich and Si-rich fuels. Interpretations of the experimental results were supported by thermodynamic equilibrium calculations, and the conclusions highlight both possibilities and challenges in gasification with high fuel flexibility while at the same time producing a flowing slag. Applications and future implications are discussed, and new topics of interest are presented.

  • 3.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Slag formation during entrained flow gasification. Part 1: Calcium rich bark fuel2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Slag formation during entrained flow gasification. Part 2: Silicon rich grass fuel with KHCO3 additive2017Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Slag Formation during Entrained Flow Gasification: Silicon Rich Grass Fuel with KHCO3 Additive2018In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 32, no 10, p. 10720-10726Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prediction of ash particle adherence to walls, melting, and flow properties are important for successful operation of slagging entrained flow gasifiers. In the present study, silicon-rich reed canary grass was gasified at 1000 and 1200 °C with solid KHCO3 added at 0, 1, or 5 wt % to evaluate the impact and efficiency of the dry mixed additive on slag properties. The fuel particles collided with an angled flat impact probe inside the hot reactor, constructed to allow for particle image velocimetry close to the surface of the probe. Ash deposit layer buildup was studied in situ as well as ash particle shape, size, and velocity as they impacted on the probe surface. The ash deposits were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy–energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, giving detailed information on morphology and elemental composition. Results were compared to thermodynamic equilibrium calculations for phase composition and viscosity. The experimental observations (slag melting, flow properties, and composition) were in good qualitative agreement with the theoretical predictions. Accordingly, at 1000 °C, no or partial melts were observed depending upon the potassium/silicon ratio; instead, high amounts of additive and a temperature of at least 1200 °C were needed to create a flowing melt.

  • 6.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Umeå Universitet.
    Carlborg, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Umeå Universitet.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Umeå Universitet.
    Slag Formation During Entrained Flow Gasification: Calcium Rich Bark Fuel with KHCO3 AdditiveManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Managing slag properties is of utmost importance for successful operation of entrained flow gasifiers. The present study details some aspects of slag formed from a softwood bark fuel, and especially the situation with only small amounts of mineral contaminants, meaning composition is shifted from Si- towards P-dominated ash. Wood bark with and without KHCO3 additive was gasified between 850 °C and 1300 °C at O2 stoichiometric ratio (λ) 0.6 to study the resulting ash properties and the influence of the additive. The ash particles collided with a flat impact probe inside the hot reactor, with particle impact angles varied between 90° to 30°. The reactor and probe were constructed to allow for long-distance microscope data collection close to the surface of the probe. In situ PIV and SEM-EDS of deposit samples from lab scale entrained flow gasification experiments were used for evaluation, while XRD was used to characterize carbonates. High potassium release was found but numerous spherical ash particles indicated lower ash melting temperatures than expected from the bulk ash composition. These new findings propose a mechanism for melt formations involving carbonates rich in potassium and phosphorous, followed by K-release and calcination leading to solidification.

  • 7.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Strandberg, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Molinder, Roger
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Luleå Technical University.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Size, Shape and Density Changes of Biomass Particles during Devolatilization in a Drop Tube Furnace2014In: Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production October 26 –31, 2014, Snowbird, Utah, USA, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Strandberg, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Molinder, Roger
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Size, shape, and density changes of biomass particles during rapid devolatilization2017In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 206, p. 342-351Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Particle properties such as size, shape and density play significant roles on particle flow and flame propagationin pulverized fuel combustion and gasification. A drop tube furnace allows for experiments athigh heating rates similar to those found in large-scale appliances, and was used in this study to carryout experiments on pulverized biomass devolatilization, i.e. detailing the first stage of fuel conversion.The objective of this study was to develop a particle conversion model based on optical informationon particle size and shape transformation. Pine stem wood and wheat straw were milled and sieved tothree narrow size ranges, rapidly heated in a drop tube setup, and solid residues were characterized usingoptical methods. Different shape descriptors were evaluated and a shape descriptor based on particleperimeter was found to give significant information for accurate estimation of particle volume. The opticalconversion model developed was proven useful and showed good agreement with conversion measuredusing a reference method based on chemical analysis of non-volatilized ash forming elements.The particle conversion model presented can be implemented as a non-intrusive method for in-situ monitoringof particle conversion, provided density data has been calibrated.

  • 9.
    Persson, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Decomposition modeling using thermogravimetry with a multivariate approach2013In: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings: 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, ETA-Florens Renewable Energies , 2013, p. 1451-1455Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    There exists a need for simple and reliable characterization methods for biomass in several scientific areas. Not many publications report on multivariate statistical treatment of thermogravimetric data, and therefore the objectives of this study were to i) evaluate the potential for using a multivariate statistical approach for modeling degree of decomposition of thermally pretreated wood using data from conventional thermogravimetric analysis, ii) compare the predictions from the multivariate chemometric model with a gaussian curve fit approach made to the same data set, and iii) demonstrate the method comparison also for torrefied material from a pilot scale torrefaction plant, an application with relevance for bio-based energy systems under development. The results showed that the suggested method for decomposition modeling performed well, even though some limitations were discovered. It was also proven useful for the application tested.

  • 10.
    Qu, Zhechao
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    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. Energy Engineering, Department of Engineering Sciences & Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Schmidt, Florian M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Distribution of temperature, H2O and atomic potassium during entrained flow biomass combustion: coupling in situ TDLAS with modeling approaches and ash chemistry2018In: Combustion and Flame, ISSN 0010-2180, E-ISSN 1556-2921, Vol. 188, p. 488-497Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) is employed for simultaneous detection of gas temperature, water vapor (H2O) and gas-phase atomic potassium, K(g), in an atmospheric, research-scale entrained flow reactor (EFR). In situ measurements are conducted at four different locations in the EFR core to study the progress of thermochemical conversion of softwood and Miscanthus powders with focus on the primary potassium reactions. In an initial validation step during propane flame operation, the measured axial EFR profiles of H2O density-weighted, path-averaged temperature, path-averaged H2O concentration and H2O column density are found in good agreement with 2D CFD simulations and standard flue gas analysis. During biomass conversion, temperature and H2O are significantly higher than for the propane flame, up to 1500 K and 9%, respectively, and K(g) concentrations between 0.2 and 270 ppbv are observed. Despite the large difference in initial potassium content between the fuels, the K(g) concentrations obtained at each EFR location are comparable, which highlights the importance of considering all major ash-forming elements in the fuel matrix. For both fuels, temperature and K(g) decrease with residence time, and in the lower part of the EFR, K(g) is in excellent agreement with thermodynamic equilibrium calculations evaluated at the TDLAS-measured temperatures and H2O concentrations. However, in the upper part of the EFR, where the measured H2O suggested a global equivalence ratio smaller than unity, K(g) is far below the predicted equilibrium values. This indicates that, in contrast to the organic compounds, potassium species rapidly undergo primary ash transformation reactions even if the fuel particles reside in an oxygen-deficient environment.

  • 11.
    Qu, Zhechao
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Skoglund, Nils
    Wagner, David R.
    Broström, Markus
    Schmidt, Florian M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Investigation of H2O, temperature and potassium in entrained flow biomass combustion – coupling in situ TDLAS with modelling2017In: Nordic Flame Days 2017, 10-11 October, Stockholm, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Qu, Zhechao
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    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.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Schmidt, Florian M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    TDLAS-based in situ detection of atomic potassium during combustion of biomass in an entrained flow reactor2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Strandberg, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Predicting fuel properties of biomass using thermogravimetry and multivariate data analysis2017In: Fuel processing technology, ISSN 0378-3820, E-ISSN 1873-7188, Vol. 156, p. 107-112Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Simple and reliable characterization methods for determining fuel properties of biomass are needed for several different applications. This paper describes and demonstrates such a method combining thermogravimetric analysis with multivariate data analysis, based on the thermal decomposition behavior of the fuel. Materials used for the tests were milled samples of wood chips thermally pretreated under different conditions in a torrefaction pilot plant. The predictions using the multivariate model were compared to those from a conventional curve deconvolution approach. The multivariate approach showed better and more flexible performance, with error of prediction of 2.7% for Mass Yield prediction, compared to the reference method that resulted in 29.4% error. This multivariate method could handle samples pretreated under more severe conditions compared to the curve deconvolution methods. Elemental composition, heating value and volatile content were also predicted with even higher accuracies. The results highlight the usefulness of the method and also the importance of using calibration data of good quality. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 14.
    Strandberg, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Molinder, Roger
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Effects of pyrolysis conditions and ash formation on gasification rates of biomass char2017In: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 6507-6514Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pyrolysis conditions and the presence of ash-forming elements significantly influence char properties and its oxidation or gasification reactivity. In this study, intrinsic gasification rates of char from high heating rate pyrolysis were analyzed with isothermal thermogravimetry. The char particles were prepared from two biomasses at three size ranges and at two temperatures. Reactivity dependence on original particle size was found only for small wood particles that had higher intrinsic char gasification rates. Pyrolysis temperature had no significant effect on char reactivity within the range tested. Observations of ash formation highlighted that reactivity was influenced by the presence of ash-forming elements, not only at the active char sites but also through prohibition of contact between char and gasification agent by ash layer formation with properties highly depending on ash composition.

  • 15.
    Strandberg, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Molinder, Roger
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Luleå Technical University.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Influence of Biomass Particle Properties and Pyrolysis Conditions on Char Reactivity2014In: Proceedings of Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production October 26 –31, 2014, Snowbird, Utah, USA, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Wagner, David R.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, California, USA.
    Holmgren, Per
    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.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Design and validation of an advanced entrained flow reactor system for studies of rapid solid biomass fuel particle conversion and ash formation reactions2018In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 89, no 6, article id 065101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The design and validation of a newly commissioned entrained flow reactor is described in the present paper. The reactor was designed for advanced studies of fuel conversion and ash formation in powder flames, and the capabilities of the reactor were experimentally validated using two different solid biomass fuels. The drop tube geometry was equipped with a flat flame burner to heat and support the powder flame, optical access ports, a particle image velocimetry (PIV) system for in situ conversion monitoring, and probes for extraction of gases and particulate matter. A detailed description of the system is provided based on simulations and measurements, establishing the detailed temperature distribution and gas flow profiles. Mass balance closures of approximately 98% were achieved by combining gas analysis and particle extraction. Biomass fuel particles were successfully tracked using shadow imaging PIV, and the resulting data were used to determine the size, shape, velocity, and residence time of converting particles. Successful extractive sampling of coarse and fine particles during combustion while retaining their morphology was demonstrated, and it opens up for detailed time resolved studies of rapid ash transformation reactions; in the validation experiments, clear and systematic fractionation trends for K, Cl, S, and Si were observed for the two fuels tested. The combination of in situ access, accurate residence time estimations, and precise particle sampling for subsequent chemical analysis allows for a wide range of future studies, with implications and possibilities discussed in the paper.

  • 17.
    Wagner, David R.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Strandberg, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Molinder, Roger
    Energitekniskt Centrum, Piteå.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Fate of Inorganic Species during Biomass Devolatilization in a Drop Tube Furnace2014In: Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production October 26–31, 2014, Snowbird, Utah, USA, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
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