Seminar

Engineering HDR Seminar Series 16, 2012 (MCR)_Pre-treatment of Local Biomass for Higher Energy Recovery and Process Stability during Gasification and Combustion

Ms Chew Jiuan Jing, CSPE postgraduate student


Date: 2012-08-30
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Venue: Engineering Meeting Room 1, 5-4-22


Abstract

Biomass and its utilization have been intimately associated with renewable energy in recent years. However, undesirable properties such ashigh moisture content and heterogeneous nature of biomass pose a barrier to itscompetitiveness in the energy generation market. A viable option to overcome the issues associated with biomass feedstock is torrefaction. Torrefaction is apretreatment process carried out at 200-300oC under inertconditions. The present project establishes knowledge on torrefaction as amethod to improve the physiochemical properties of selected oil palm biomassfor the use as a viable biofuel. The project examines there action mechanism,kinetic model and performance of the products in bench scale units. Inaddition, mass-energy balance and LCAs are applied to assess the practicabilityof oil palm biomass torrefaction. This presentation will mainly focus on the progress of the project over the past year as well as the challenges faced bothcurrent and anticipated, in the process of completing the project.

About the Speaker

Ms Chew completed her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering in Curtin University of Technology. She joined Monash University in 2010 for postgraduate studies under the supervision of Dr Veena Doshi and Dr Estee Yong. She is currently in 2nd year of PhD research undertaking the project title "Pre-treatment of Local Biomass for Higher Energy Recovery and Process Stability during Gasification and Combustion".