Improved Estimates of Air Pollutant Emissions from Biorefinery

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We have attempted to use detailed kinetic modeling approach for improved estimation of combustion air pollutant emissions from biorefinery. We have developed a preliminary detailed reaction mechanism for biomass combustion. Lignin is the only biomass component included in the current mechanism and methane is used as the biogas surrogate. The model is capable of predicting the combustion emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, N2O, CH4) and criteria air pollutants (NO, NO2, CO). The results are yet to be compared with the experimental data. The current model is still in its early stages of development. Given the acknowledged complexity of biomass oxidation, as well as the components in the feed to the combustor, obviously the modeling approach and the chemistry set discussed here may undergo revision, extension, and further validation in the future.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2015
EventEnvironmental Division 2015 - Core Programming Area at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 8 Nov 201513 Nov 2015


ConferenceEnvironmental Division 2015 - Core Programming Area at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5100-66626


  • air pollutants
  • biomass combustion
  • biorefinery


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