Operating strategies for the oxidative steam reforming (OSR) of raw bio-oil in a continuous two-step system

A. Arandia (Corresponding Author), A. Remiro, B. Valle, J. Bilbao, A.G. Gayubo

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This work aimed to establish a suitable O 2 feeding strategy for the hydrogen production by oxidative steam reforming (OSR) of raw bio-oil in a reaction system with two-steps: thermal treatment (at 500 °C, for the controlled deposition of pyrolytic lignin) followed by the reforming of the volatile stream in a fluidized bed reactor. Specifically, the effect of co-feeding O 2 before or after the thermal step was analyzed for oxygen-tocarbon molar ratio (O/C) in the 0.34-0.67 range. The catalytic step was kept at 700 °C, steam-to-carbon molar ratio (S/C) = 6.0, and space-time = 0.6 g catalyst h(g bio-oil) -1. When O 2 is co-fed before the thermal step, there is a partial combustion of both, pyrolytic lignin and oxygenates, thus resulting a lower amount of oxygenated compounds entering the reforming reactor, although the composition of these oxygenates is not affected by the presence of O 2 in the thermal step. As a result, a noticeable lower H 2 yield was obtained when O 2 is fed before the thermal treatment, although catalyst deactivation rate was similar to that obtained when co-feeding O 2 after thermal treatment. Consequently, in the OSR of bio-oil in a two-step system, O 2 must be co-fed after the thermal treatment step; in order to avoid bio-oil oxygenates oxidation prior to the reforming reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
JournalChemical Engineering Transactions
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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