Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Synthesis Gas Production by Rapid Solar Thermal Gasification of Corn Stover

Authors: Perkins, C. M. Woodruff, B. Andrews, L. Lichty, P. Lancaster, B. Weimer, A. W. Bingham, C.
 
Abstract: Biomass resources hold great promise as renewable fuel sources for the future, and there exists great interest in thermochemical methods of converting these resources into useful fuels. The novel approach taken by the authors uses concentrated solar energy to efficiently achieve temperatures where conversion and selectivity of gasification are high. Use of solar energy removes the need for a combustion fuel and upgrades the heating value of the biomass products. The syngas product of the gasification can be transformed into a variety of fuels useable with today?s infrastructure. Gasification in an aerosol reactor allows for rapid kinetics, allowing efficient utilization of the incident solar radiation and high solar efficiency.
Publication Date: 01 Mar 2008
DOE Contract number: AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type: Conference
Resource Relation: Conference: 2008 14th Biennial CSP SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) Symposium, 4-7 March 2008, Las Vegas, Nevada (CD-ROM) (NREL/CD-550-42709)
Research Organizations: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Organizations: USDOE
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Keywords relating to this report:
AEROSOLS
AGRICULTURAL WASTES
BIOMASS
COMBUSTION
EFFICIENCY
ENERGY SYSTEMS
GASIFICATION
HEATING
KINETICS
MAIZE
PRODUCTION
SOLAR ENERGY
SOLAR RADIATION
SYNTHESIS GAS

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Related subjects:
CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER
SOLAR ENERGY - THERMAL
SOLARPACES 2008