Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.043
Title: A comparative study of nitrogen conversion during pyrolysis of coconut fiber, its corresponding biochar and their blends with lignite
Authors: Liu, Z.
Balasubramanian, R. 
Keywords: Biochar
Nitrogen distribution
Raw biomass
Synergistic interactions
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Source: Liu, Z., Balasubramanian, R. (2014-01). A comparative study of nitrogen conversion during pyrolysis of coconut fiber, its corresponding biochar and their blends with lignite. Bioresource Technology 151 : 85-90. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.043
Abstract: In the present study, the conversion of fuel-N to HCN and NH3 was investigated during rapid pyrolysis of raw biomass (coconut fiber), its corresponding biochar and their blends with lignite within a temperature range of 600-900°C. The results showed that the raw biomass and the biochar showed totally different nitrogen partitioning between NH3 and HCN. HCN was the dominant nitrogen pollutant from pyrolysis of raw biomass, while for the biochar pyrolysis the yield of NH3 was slightly higher than that of HCN. Synergistic interactions occurred within both raw biomass/lignite and biochar/lignite blends, especially for the biochar/lignite blend, and resulted in reduced yields of HCN and NH3, decreased the total nitrogen percentage retained in the char and promoted harmless N2 formation. These findings suggest that biochar/lignite co-firing for energy production may have the enhanced benefit of reduced emissions of nitrogen pollutants than raw biomass/lignite. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Bioresource Technology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/90891
ISSN: 09608524
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.043
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