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Characterisation of palm empty fruit bunch (PEFB) and pinewood bio-oils and kinetics of their thermal degradation.

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Pimenidou, Panagiota and Dupont, Valerie (2012) Characterisation of palm empty fruit bunch (PEFB) and pinewood bio-oils and kinetics of their thermal degradation. Bioresource Technology. Special Issue: Innovative Researches on Algal Biomass., 109 . pp. 198-205. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960852412000260

DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.01.020


Ultimate and proximate analyses and thermal degradation of bio-oils from pinewood and palm empty fruit bunches (PEFB) were carried out to evaluate the oils’ potential for production of fuels for transport, heat and power generation, and of hydrogen via the calculation of performance indicators. The pinewood and PEFB oils indicated good theoretical hydrogen yields of 13.7 and 15.9 wt.% via steam reforming, but their hydrogen to carbon effective ratios were close to zero, and their propensity for fouling and slagging heat exchanger surfaces via combustion was high. Both oils exhibited two phases during mass loss under nitrogen flow at heating rates of 3–9 K min-1, but the kinetics of their thermal degradation from TGA-FTIR analysis indicated different degradation mechanisms that were well reproduced by a nth order reaction model for pinewood and Jander’s 3D-diffusion model for PEFB. These findings lead to recommendations on pretreatments prior to the oils’ utilisation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Pinewood; PEFB; Bio-oil; TGA-FTIR; Kinetics
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER)
ID Code:21242
Deposited By:Dr Panagiota Pimenidou
Deposited On:05 Mar 2012 16:20
Last Modified:05 Mar 2012 16:20

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