ash deposits, thermal-conductivity, fired boilers, pilot-scale, combustion, straw
This investigation explores the reasons for and technical challenges associated with co-combustion of biomass and coal in boilers designed for coal (mainly pulverized coal) combustion. Biomass-coal co-combustion represents a near-term, low-risk, low-cost, sustainable, renewable energy option that promises reduction in net CO2 emissions, reduction in SOx and often NOx emissions, and several societal benefits. Technical issues associated with cofiring include fuel supply, handling and storage challenges, potential increases in corrosion, decreases in overall efficiency, ash deposition issues, pollutant emissions, carbon burnout, impacts on ash marketing, impacts on SCR performance, and overall economics. Each of these issues has been investigated and this presentation summarizes the state-of-the-art in each area, both in the US and abroad. The focus is on fireside issues. While each of the issues can be significant, the conclusion is that biomass residues represent possibly the best (cheapest and lowest risk) renewable energy option for many power producers.
Original Publication Citation
Fuel 84 (2005) 1295–1302
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baxter, Larry Lin, "Biomass-coal Co-combustion: Opportunity for Affordable Renewable Energy" (2005). All Faculty Publications. 1732.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
© 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is the author's submitted version of this article. The definitive version can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2004.09.023
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