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Special Issue "Biomass Combustion for Heat and Power Generation"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2017).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Quang Khanh Tran
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Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: hydrothermal processing of biomass for production of biofuels and biorefinery; process intensification and integration; torrefaction and densification of biomass fuels; biomass combustion for heat and power generation; pyrolysis and gasification of biomass; kinetic modelling for thermochemical conversions of biomass; combustion emission control and gas cleaning; ash treatment and utilization; Environmental catalysis
Dr. Ing. Øyvind Skreiberg
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Chief Scientist at SINTEF Energy Research, Thermal Energy, Bioenergy group, NO-7465 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: combustion of biomass and waste; biomass heat and power; fundamental experimental work on fuel mixtures and effects; small-scale combustion in wood stoves, stoves for low-energy houses; emissions from combustion, with special focus on NOx; chemical kinetics, with special focus on fuel-NOx; torrefaction (dry and wet); pyrolysis and carbonization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in “Biomass Combustion for Heat and Power Generation”. Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts of radical research articles, reviews, and communication letters in a wide range of the main and related topics, including:

  • Characterization of biomass as solid biofuel
  • Biomass pretreatments, including drying, torrefaction, and pelletization
  • Combustion of biomass (wood log, wood, and pellet) at different scales
  • Co-combustion of biomass with fossil fuels
  • Combustion and gasification of forest residues and MSW (Municipal Solid Waste)
  • Biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) plant
  • Design and operation of burner, furnaces and boilers for solid biofuels
  • Modeling of furnaces and combustion systems for solid biofuels
  • Kinetics and modeling of biomass combustion, gasification and pyrolysis
  • Combustion emission control and gas cleaning
  • Ash chemistry and management
  • Biogas production and combustion

Prof. Khanh-Quang Tran
Dr. Ing. Øyvind Skreiberg
Guest Editors

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  • combustion
  • gasification
  • pyrolysis
  • torrefaction
  • biomass
  • biofuels
  • forest residues
  • MSW
  • biogas
  • ash
  • corrosion
  • bioheat
  • bioenergy
  • CHP plant

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Heavy Metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Urban Leaf Litter Designated for Combustion
Energies 2017, 10(3), 298; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10030298 - 03 Mar 2017
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Vast amounts of leaf litter have to be disposed of by city administrations. This biomass has the potential for energy conversion, but contamination with pollutants can adversely affect this usage. We investigated leaf litter samples from the city of Kassel by analyzing their [...] Read more.
Vast amounts of leaf litter have to be disposed of by city administrations. This biomass has the potential for energy conversion, but contamination with pollutants can adversely affect this usage. We investigated leaf litter samples from the city of Kassel by analyzing their heavy metal and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations. Leaf samples were indeed contaminated with heavy metals and PAHs and contamination was influenced by provenience and collection technique. A simple cleaning system of washing and subsequent mechanical dewatering significantly reduced heavy metal concentration. Regression models were developed for contamination with heavy metals which showed that contamination could be successfully estimated using the total ash content of the sample as a predictor, with an R2 of up to 0.77. It can be concluded that leaf litter from cities is a possible feedstock for energetic conversion, provided a cleaning step is applied. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass Combustion for Heat and Power Generation)
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