Influence of water vapour and tar compound on combustion of simulated gasified biomass
(English)In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Gasification is a thermo‐chemical process which converts biomass fuel into a gaseous mixture, gasified biomass, which can be used in various prime movers. For heat and power generation, using gasified biomass in a combustion device, for example, can give lower undesired emission compared to direct combustion of solid biomass. However, with regards to its variety in composition and lower heating value, the combustion behaviour of gasified biomass may differ from natural gas. The main objective of this study is to investigate the influence of water and tar compound on the combustion of simulated gasified biomass, which mainly contains CO, H2, CH4, CO2, N2. The combustion tests are conducted at atmospheric pressure in a premixed combustor. At a fixed input thermal load, CO and NOx emission levels, combustion temperature, and blowoff characteristics of gasified biomass are observed while varying the volume fraction of water (H2O) or benzene (C6H6) vapours in the fuel mixture. With low H2O level in the fuel mixture, the combustion temperature is almost constant, while NOx emission is decreased compared to dry gasified biomass. On the contrary, the combustion temperature decreases and NOx emission is almost constant at higher H2O content. A temperature limit was observed where CO emission could be maintained at low concentration. The blowoff limit was shifted to higher equivalence ratio. The blowoff temperature was first slightly decreased at lower H2O level and raised when H2O level is further increased. With the content of C6H6, the combustion temperature and NOx emission enhanced, while CO emission was reduced. The blowoff occurs at slightly higher equivalence ratio and temperature compared to gasified biomass without C6H6. The study shows that the presence of H2O and C6H6 in gasified biomass may give positive effects on the emission characteristics during combustion, but also that there are limits for these effects.
Gasified biomass; water vapour; benzene vapour; CO, UHC, NOx emissions; blowoff
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-120573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-120573DiVA: diva2:615587
QS 20132013-04-112013-04-112013-04-11Bibliographically approved