Hydrogen-rich synthesis gas production from waste wood via gasification and reforming technology for fuel cell application

Wei Wu, Katsuya Kawamoto, Hidetoshi Kuramochi

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to establish a fuel process for an advanced power generation system in which hydrogen-rich synthesis gas, as the fuel for the molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC), can be extracted from biomass via gasification and reforming technologies. Experiments on waste wood gasification were performed using a bench-scale gasification system. The main factors influencing hydrogen generation in the noncatalytic process and in the catalytic process were investigated, and temperature was identified as the most important factor. At 950°C, without employing a catalyst, hydrogen-rich synthesis gas containing about 54 vol% hydrogen was extracted from feedstock with appropriately designed operation parameters for the steam/carbon ratio and the equivalence ratio. However, by employing a commercial steam reforming catalyst in the reforming process, similar results were obtained at 750°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Catalytic
  • Gasification/reforming
  • Hydrogen
  • MCFC
  • Waste wood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials

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