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Title: Process simulation and cost analysis for removing inorganics from wood chips using combined mechanical and chemical preprocessing

Abstract

Inorganic species (ash) in biomass feedstocks negatively impact thermochemical and biochemical energy conversion processes. In this work, a process simulation model is developed to model the reduction in ash content of loblolly logging residues using a combination of air classification and dilute-acid leaching. Various scenarios are considered, and it is found that costs associated with discarding high-ash material from air classification are substantial. The costs of material loss can be reduced by chemical leaching the high-ash fraction obtained from air classification. The optimal leaching condition is found to be approximately 0.1 wt% sulfuric acid at 24°C. In example scenarios, total process costs in the range of $10-12/dry tonnes of product are projected that result in a removal of 11, 66, 53 and 86% of organics, total ash (inorganics), alkaline earth metals and phosphorus (AAEMS+P), and silicon, respectively. Here, sensitivity analyses indicate that costs associated with loss of organic material during processing (yield losses), brine disposal, and labor have the greatest potential to impact the total processing cost.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1328491
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1357766
Report Number(s):
INL/JOU-16-39865
Journal ID: ISSN 1939-1234; PII: 9794
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
BioEnergy Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1939-1234
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biofuels; air classification; leaching; ash red; technoeconomic analysis

Citation Formats

Hu, Hongqiang, Westover, Tyler L., Cherry, Robert, Aston, John E., Lacey, Jeffrey A., and Thompson, David N. Process simulation and cost analysis for removing inorganics from wood chips using combined mechanical and chemical preprocessing. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1007/s12155-016-9794-3.
Hu, Hongqiang, Westover, Tyler L., Cherry, Robert, Aston, John E., Lacey, Jeffrey A., & Thompson, David N. Process simulation and cost analysis for removing inorganics from wood chips using combined mechanical and chemical preprocessing. United States. doi:10.1007/s12155-016-9794-3.
Hu, Hongqiang, Westover, Tyler L., Cherry, Robert, Aston, John E., Lacey, Jeffrey A., and Thompson, David N. Mon . "Process simulation and cost analysis for removing inorganics from wood chips using combined mechanical and chemical preprocessing". United States. doi:10.1007/s12155-016-9794-3.
@article{osti_1328491,
title = {Process simulation and cost analysis for removing inorganics from wood chips using combined mechanical and chemical preprocessing},
author = {Hu, Hongqiang and Westover, Tyler L. and Cherry, Robert and Aston, John E. and Lacey, Jeffrey A. and Thompson, David N.},
abstractNote = {Inorganic species (ash) in biomass feedstocks negatively impact thermochemical and biochemical energy conversion processes. In this work, a process simulation model is developed to model the reduction in ash content of loblolly logging residues using a combination of air classification and dilute-acid leaching. Various scenarios are considered, and it is found that costs associated with discarding high-ash material from air classification are substantial. The costs of material loss can be reduced by chemical leaching the high-ash fraction obtained from air classification. The optimal leaching condition is found to be approximately 0.1 wt% sulfuric acid at 24°C. In example scenarios, total process costs in the range of $10-12/dry tonnes of product are projected that result in a removal of 11, 66, 53 and 86% of organics, total ash (inorganics), alkaline earth metals and phosphorus (AAEMS+P), and silicon, respectively. Here, sensitivity analyses indicate that costs associated with loss of organic material during processing (yield losses), brine disposal, and labor have the greatest potential to impact the total processing cost.},
doi = {10.1007/s12155-016-9794-3},
journal = {BioEnergy Research},
number = 1,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {10}
}

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