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A comparison of the decomposition of biomass gasification tar compound in CO, CO2, H2 and N2 carrier gases using non-thermal plasma

Lookup NU author(s): Faisal Saleem, Abdul Rehman, Ayusha Abbas, Dr Kui Zhang, Professor Adam Harvey



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© 2021 Energy Institute. In this study, a comparative decomposition of toluene was investigated using a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor. The first-time decomposition of the tar model compound was investigated in pure CO gas. The effect of each carrier gas (N2, H2, CO2 and CO), which exists in product gas from the gasifier, was studied on the decomposition of tar analogue (toluene) and product distribution. The specific input energy (SIE) was also varied from 2.5 to 8.5 kJ/L to investigate the optimal removal of tar analogue. The maximum removal of toluene was 89.1% using N2 as carrier gas at 8.5 kJ/L and 1.43 s. However, the minimum removal of toluene was 62.5% using CO carrier gas under the same conditions. The decomposition of toluene in different carrier gases was in the following order: CO < CO2 < H2 < N2. Moreover, the distribution of products depends on the nature of the carrier gas as well. However, lower hydrocarbons (LHC) (

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Author(s): Saleem F, Rehman A, Abbas A, Hussain Khoja A, Ahmad F, Liu L, Zhang K, Harvey A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Energy Institute

Year: 2021

Volume: 97

Pages: 161-168

Print publication date: 01/08/2021

Online publication date: 29/04/2021

Acceptance date: 22/04/2021

Date deposited: 06/07/2021

ISSN (print): 1743-9671

ISSN (electronic): 1746-0220

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2021.04.013


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