(89a) Autothermal Pyrolysis of Lignocellulose Wastes to Sugars and Other Biobased Products
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 8:20am to 8:40am
Autothermal pyrolysis investigated in this project is a specific example of the more general principle of autothermal chemical processing, which balances energy demand from endothermic reactions with exothermic reactions. Autothermal chemical processing has application to other processes for which heat transfer is the bottleneck to process intensification. Although reactions that proceed to chemical equilibrium are relatively easy to operate under autothermal conditions, non-equilibrium processes, like fast pyrolysis, are more challenging to operate autothermally without adversely affecting desired product yields. Our work to date demonstrates that autothermal chemical processing has the potential to simplify reactor design and dramatically increase throughput when heat transfer is the bottleneck for a chemical process.