Modeling and utilization of biomass-to-syngas for industrial multi-energy systems

Kuan Zhang, Bin Zhou, Qiuwei Wu, Yijia Cao, Nian Liu, Nikolai Voropai, Evgeny Barakhtenko

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Excessive consumption of fossil fuels in the industry sector has caused high operating costs and severe environmental pollution, advocating a cost-effective and sustainable substitute for fossil fuels. This paper proposes an enhanced utilization mechanism of biomass-to-syngas (B2S) to provide various types of steam flows in industrial multi-energy systems (MESs). In this mechanism, the available generations from renewable energy sources (RESs) can be harvested to assist in the biomass gasification in a B2S gasifier for enhancing the syngas yield and its calorific value. A thermodynamic interaction model for B2S is formulated to capture gasification temperature dynamics under high-temperature steam injections and optimally control the thermochemical behaviors of biomass drying, pyrolysis, and gasification. A B2S based energy hub framework with its multi-energy coupling matrix is formulated for mapping the input biomass-wind-solar energy into electricity, syngas, and various types of steam carriers to satisfy industrial energy demands. A hierarchical multi-timeframe dispatch scheme is developed for the energy-efficient conversion and utilization of multi-energy carriers to minimize the system operation costs. Comparative studies are implemented to demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed methodology on system operational economy and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)932-942
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Biomass energy
  • microgrid
  • multi-energy systems
  • renewable energy sources
  • syngas


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