(440a) Pilot-Scale Catalytic Biomass Pyrolysis Studies
AIChE Annual Meeting
2016 AIChE Annual Meeting
2016 International Congress on Energy
Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass II
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 3:15pm to 3:37pm
Up to date, several experimental campaigns have been conducted to optimize the catalytic biomass pyrolysis process to achieve high degree of deoxygenation while maximizing the bio-crude production and improving the biocrude thermal stability. A commercially available spray dried, non-zeolite, alumina-based catalyst has been exclusively studied so far. The quality and biocrude yield has been evaluated at different temperatures and other process conditions. Typically, partially deoxygenated biocrude with oxygen contents between 20 and 25 wt% is produced. Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis have shown high amount of oxygenated aromatics in the partially deoxygenated biocrude. Current results from RTIâ??s 1 ton per day pilot-scale catalytic pyrolysis unit show a biocrude yield up to 19.2 wt% is achievable. This presentation will be used to discuss in detail the results that have been obtained from several studies and highlight the progress that has been made.