Transient behavior of devolatilization and char reaction during steam gasification of biomass

Jihong Moon, Jeungwoo Lee, Uendo Lee, Jungho Hwang

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Steam gasification of biomass is a promising method for producing high quality syngas for polygeneration. During the steam gasification, devolatilization and char reaction are key steps of syngas production and the contributions of the two reactions are highly related to gasification conditions. In this study, the transient characteristics of devolatilization and char reaction in biomass steam gasification were investigated by monitoring cumulative gas production and composition changes in terms of reaction temperature and S/. B ratio. Contribution of each reaction stage on the product gas yield was studied in detail. The results provide important insight for understanding the complex nature of biomass gasification and will guide future improvements to the biomass gasification process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the project “Development of Renewable Resource Based Materials and Energy Production System with Low Carbon Emission” funded by the Korea government Ministry of Strategy and Finance , and the project, ‘‘Development of BTL Diesel Production/Utilization Technology from Biomass’’, funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea .

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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