Decomposition of tar in gas from updraft gasifier by thermal cracking

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2000


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Continuing earlier work with tar reduction by partial oxidation of pyrolysis gas [1] thermal cracking has been evaluated as a gas cleaning process. The work has been focusing on cleaning gas from updraft gasifiers, and the long term purpose is to develop a tar cleaning unit based on thermal cracking. An experimental set-up has been built, in which a flow of contaminated gas can be heated up to 1290°C in a reactor made of pure Al2O3. Four measurements were made. Three with gas from a pyrolysis unit simulating updraft gasifier, and one with gas from an updraft gasifier. Cracking temperatures was 1200, 1250 and 1290°C, and the residence time at this temperature was 0.5 second. The measurements show that at the selected residence time of 0.5 second, the gas flow in a thermal tar cracking unit has to be heated to at least 1250°C to achieve sufficient tar cleaning. At 1290°C, a tar content as low as 15 mg/Nm3 was obtained on gas from an updraft gasifier. The lower heating value of the cleaned gas was 6.0 MJ/Nm3, and the energy content of the non condensable gasses was 19% higher than before cracking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 1. World Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry
Place of publicationSeville, Spain
Publication date2000


Conference1st World Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry
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