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Catalysts 2012, 2(2), 264-280; doi:10.3390/catal2020264
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Sulfur Tolerant Magnesium Nickel Silicate Catalyst for Reforming of Biomass Gasification Products to Syngas

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Received: 17 January 2012 / Revised: 15 February 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 17 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysts for Biomass Conversion)
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Abstract

Magnesium nickel silicate (MNS) has been investigated as a catalyst to convert tars and light hydrocarbons to syngas (CO and H2) by steam reforming and CO2 reforming in the presence of H2S for biomass gasification process at NexTech Materials. It was observed that complete CH4 conversion could be achieved on MNS catalyst granules at 800–900 °C and a space velocity of 24,000 mL/g/h in a simulated biomass gasification stream. Addition of 10–20 ppm H2S to the feed had no apparent impact on CH4 conversion. The MNS-washcoated monolith also showed high activities in converting methane, light hydrocarbons and tar to syngas. A 1200 h test without deactivation was achieved on the MNS washcoated monolith in the presence of H2S and/or NH3, two common impurities in gasified biomass. The results indicate that the MNS material is a promising catalyst for removal of tar and light hydrocarbons from biomass gasified gases, enabling efficient use of biomass to produce power, liquid fuels and valuable chemicals.
Keywords: biomass gasification; tar reforming; sulfur; ammonia; magnesium nickel silicate; Ni catalyst; syngas biomass gasification; tar reforming; sulfur; ammonia; magnesium nickel silicate; Ni catalyst; syngas
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Long, R.Q.; Monfort, S.M.; Arkenberg, G.B.; Matter, P.H.; Swartz, S.L. Sulfur Tolerant Magnesium Nickel Silicate Catalyst for Reforming of Biomass Gasification Products to Syngas. Catalysts 2012, 2, 264-280.

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