Microwave pyrolysis of biomass for bio-oil production: Scalable processing concepts

Beneroso, Daniel and Monti, T. and Kostas, E.T. and Robinson, J. (2017) Microwave pyrolysis of biomass for bio-oil production: Scalable processing concepts. Chemical Engineering Journal, 316 . pp. 481-498. ISSN 1385-8947

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Abstract

The pursuit of sustainable hydrocarbon alternatives to fossil fuels has prompted an acceleration in the development of new technologies for biomass processing. Microwave pyrolysis of biomass has long been recognised to provide better quality bio-products in shorter timescales compared to conventional pyrolysis. Although this topic has been widely assessed and many investigations are currently ongoing, this article gives an overview beyond the physico-chemical pyrolysis process and covers engineering aspects and the limitations of microwave heating technology. Herein, we provide innovative scalable concepts to perform the microwave pyrolysis of biomass on a large scale, including essential energy and material handling requirements. Furthermore, some of the possible socio-economic and environmental implications derived from the use of this technology in our society are discussed. Such potential concepts are expected to assist the needs of the industrial bioenergy community to move this largely studied process upwards in scale.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Microwave pyrolysis; Biofuels; Biomass pyrolysis; Microwave scale-up; Bio-oil production; Bioenergy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.01.130
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 08:30
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 00:47
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42626

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