Thermochemical conversion of black liquor organics into fules: Licenciate thesis

    Research output: ThesisLicenciate


    A low-viscosity fuel oil has been prepared from black liquor by the following process: i) thermal treatment of black liquor at 300-350°C under pressure (20 MPa) in the presence of excess alkali (NaOH), ii) removal of sodium from the black liquor primary oil by acid wash, and iii) catalytic upgrading of the sodium-free black liquor primary oil. The yield of primary oil was about 40 wt-% of the initial black liquor organics in the thermal treatment stage. The oil had a sodium content of 7% (dry matter basis) and only about 1% of the oil was distillable (<260°C). By washing the oil with dilute acid the sodium content dropped to 0.02%. In this case the distillate yield was 11%. After the catalytic (NiMo/CoMo) two-stage (30 min at 280°C and 60 min at 390°C) hydrotreatment an oil yield of 88% was obtained and the distillate yield was 51%. The total loss of organics in the wash and upgrading stages was 20-25%.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationLicentiate Degree
    Awarding Institution
    • Helsinki University of Technology
    • Alén, Raimo, Supervisor, External person
    • McKeough, Paterson, Advisor, External person
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    Publication statusPublished - 1991
    MoE publication typeG3 Licentiate thesis


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