Hydrothermal liquefaction of bagasse using ethanol and black liquor as solvents

Kosinkova, Jana, Ramirez, Jerome A., Nguyen, Jenny, Ristovski, Zoran, Brown, Richard, Lin, Carol, & Rainey, Thomas J. (2015) Hydrothermal liquefaction of bagasse using ethanol and black liquor as solvents. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 9(6), pp. 630-638.

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The objective of this study was to examine the hydrothermal liquefaction of sugarcane bagasse using ethanol and black liquor (BL) in a pilot scale. Combinations of co-solvents (ethanol/ water, ethanol/BL) were studied at various concentrations and reaction conditions. The maximum oil yield of 61% was achieved with a reaction temperature of 300 °C for 30 min and using pure BL as a solvent, while the highest higher heating value (HHV) was obtained from a 50:50 ethanol-BL mixture. The oils contained alcohols, esters, phenolic compounds, aromatics, and heterocyclics. The O/C and H/C ratios of the oil were comparable with traditional biodiesel and commercial diesel. Although this study showed there are some improvements to be made to improve the chemical composition, the approach has potential for large-scale production of a substitute for fossil-fuel-based diesel.

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ID Code: 88056
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sugarcane bagasse, thermal liquefaction, biofuels, black liquor, biomass
DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1578
ISSN: 1932-1031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kosinkova, J., Ramirez, J. A., Nguyen, J., Ristovski, Z., Brown, R., Lin, C. S.K. and Rainey, T. J. (2015), Hydrothermal liquefaction of bagasse using ethanol and black liquor as solvents. Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref., 9: 630–638, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bbb.1578. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Last Modified: 22 Dec 2015 03:05

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