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Experimental Demonstration and Validation of Hydrogen Production Based on Gasification of Lignocellulosic Feedstock

Syngas processes, BIOENERGY2020+, Wienerstraße 49, 7540 Güssing, Austria
Institute of Chemical Engineering, TU Wien, Getreidemarkt 9/166, 1060 Vienna, Austria
Engler-Bunte-Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Engler-Bunte-Ring 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
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ChemEngineering 2018, 2(4), 61;
Received: 28 October 2018 / Revised: 20 November 2018 / Accepted: 6 December 2018 / Published: 11 December 2018
The worldwide production of hydrogen in 2010 was estimated to be approximately 50 Mt/a, mostly based on fossil fuels. By using lignocellulosic feedstock, an environmentally friendly hydrogen production route can be established. A flow sheet simulation for a biomass based hydrogen production plant was published in a previous work. The plant layout consisted of a dual fluidized bed gasifier including a gas cooler and a dust filter. Subsequently, a water gas shift plant was installed to enhance the hydrogen yield and a biodiesel scrubber was used to remove tars and water from the syngas. CO2 was removed and the gas was compressed to separate hydrogen in a pressure swing adsorption. A steam reformer was used to reform the hydrocarbon-rich tail gas of the pressure swing adsorption and increase the hydrogen yield. Based on this work, a research facility was erected and the results were validated. These results were used to upscale the research plant to a 10 MW fuel feed scale. A validation of the system showed a chemical efficiency of the system of 60% and an overall efficiency of 55%, which indicates the high potential of this technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogen; energy system; catalysis; reforming; modeling hydrogen; energy system; catalysis; reforming; modeling
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Loipersböck, J.; Luisser, M.; Müller, S.; Hofbauer, H.; Rauch, R. Experimental Demonstration and Validation of Hydrogen Production Based on Gasification of Lignocellulosic Feedstock. ChemEngineering 2018, 2, 61.

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