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Conference Papers | 2016

Hythane from biomass steam gasification as natural gas substitute in industrial applications

Kraussler M, Schindler P, Hofbauer H. Hythane from biomass steam gasification as natural gas substitute in industrial applications. Biorestec (poster). October 2016, Sitges, Spain.

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Technical Reports | 2016

IEA Bioenergy Countries´ Report

Bacovsky D, Dissauer C, Enigl M, Ludwiczek N, Pointner C, Sonnleitner A, Verma VK. IEA Bioenergy Countries´ Report. IEA Bioenergy Countries´ Report. August 2016.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Impact of Na Promoter on Structural Properties and Catalytic Performance of CoNi/Al2O3 Nanocatalysts for the CO Hydrogenation Process: Fischer–Tropsch Technology

Nikparsa P, Mirzaei AA, Rauch R. Impact of Na Promoter on Structural Properties and Catalytic Performance of CoNi/Al2O3 Nanocatalysts for the CO Hydrogenation Process: Fischer–Tropsch Technology. Catalysis Letters. January 2016;146(1): 61-71.

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Conference Papers | 2016

Improving the propanol yield of mixed alcohol synthesis based on wood gas derived from biomass steam gasification

Binder M, Rauch R, Hofbauer H. Improving the propanol yield of mixed alcohol synthesis based on wood gas derived from biomass steam gasification. iSGA 2016 - 5th International Symposium on Gasification and its Applications (invited lecture). November/December 2016, Busan, Korea.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Influence of firebed temperature on particle emissions in a residential wood pellet boiler

Gehrig M, Jäger D, Pelz SK, Weissinger A, Groll A, Thorwarth H, Haslinger W. Influence of firebed temperature on particle emissions in a residential wood pellet boiler. Atmospheric Environment. July 2016;136: 61-67.

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The crucial point in inorganic particle formation from biomass combustion is the temperature-dependent release of inorganic compounds, especially potassium (K). Currently, common wood fuels comprise of a comparatively low amount of K, but the increased usage of wood energy requires new feedstocks in the future. Potentially new feedstocks, such as short rotation coppice (SRC), fuels from agriculture (e.g., straw), or wood from broad-leafed trees of low rotation, contain usually high ash contents and/or high K concentrations. Apparently, these feedstocks will cause increased inorganic particle emissions from biomass combustion processes. The principle of a decreased firebed temperature as a primary measure aiming at a retention of K in the ashes of the firebed is a common approach for particle emission reduction and was investigated in several previous studies. The present study describes the usage of an ash-rich fuel from SRC pellets made from willow in a residential pellet boiler modified with an unique prototype of direct water-based firebed cooling. This test setup enables the study of the isolated impact of decreased firebed temperatures and its influence on the combustion process and emissions as well. A statistically significant effect of the firebed cooling on temperatures below the burner plate as on gaseous HCl and SO2 was found. The high ash content of the used fuel limited the effectiveness of the applied direct firebed cooling in residential biomass combustion. The accumulation of a thick and thermal insulating ash layer above the burner plate decreased the heat transfer, limited the cooling efficiency, and revealed deviations from the expected particle formation process.


Other publication | 2016

Influence of leak tightness and heat storage capacity of biomass room heating appliances on thermal efficiency

Sturmlechner R, Reichert G, Stressler H, Aigenbauer S, Schmidl C, Schwabl M, Haslinger W. Influence of leak tightness and heat storage capacity of biomass room heating appliances on thermal efficiency. 24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (poster). June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Investigation of real life operation of biomass room heating appliances – results of a European survey

Wöhler M, Andersen JS, Becker G, Persson H, Reichert G, Schön C, Schmidl C, Jaeger D, Pelz SK. Investigation of real life operation of biomass room heating appliances – results of a European survey. Applied Energy. 1 May 2016;169: 240-249.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Investigation of User Behavior and Assessment of Typical Operation Mode for Different Types of Firewood Room Heating Appliances in Austria

Reichert G, Schmidl C, Haslinger W, Schwabl M, Moser W, Aigenbauer S, Wöhler M, Hochenauer C. Investigation of User Behavior and Assessment of Typical Operation Mode for Different Types of Firewood Room Heating Appliances in Austria. Renewable Energy. August 2016;93: 245-254.

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Firewood heaters like firewood roomheaters, tiled stoves and residential biomass cookers are commonly used for supplying the residences with renewable heat. However, these kinds of appliances were identified as responsible for relevant amounts of gaseous CO and OGC as well as particulate emissions causing negative health effects. Beside technological reasons, the operating conditions and the user behavior are essential reasons for increased emissions, especially in real life operation.

Therefore, this study aimed at an investigation and assessment of typical real life user behavior by a survey. Based on the findings effective and customer friendly technological and non-technological optimization approaches for a better and more environmental friendly real life performance were defined.

The results of the study showed principally similar user behavior of all considered types of appliances regarding most relevant operation characteristics, i.e. kind, properties and amount of used fuels, ignition procedure and air valve settings. Most effective non-technological optimization approaches were found for an enhancement of external training arrangements and the development of user friendly manuals that aimed mainly at an improvement of the ignition procedure from bottom–up to top–down ignition method. The use of devices with an automatically controlled combustion air supply was identified as promising technological measure.


Conference Papers | 2016

Investigations of a dual fluidized bed steam gasification plant by means of computation particle fluid dynamics

Kraft S, Kirnbauer F, Hofbauer H. Investigations of a dual fluidized bed steam gasification plant by means of computation particle fluid dynamics. 24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (oral presentation). June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Other Publications | 2016

Market integration of wood fuels and heating oil

Kristöfel C, Strasser C, Schmid E, Morawetz UB. Market integration of wood fuels and heating oil. 24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (poster). June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Conference contributions | 2016

Mathematische Modellierung mittlerer bis großer Solaranlagen als Basis für modellbasierte Regelungsstrategien

Unterberger V, Lichtenegger K, Innerhofer P, Gerardts B, Gölles M. Mathematische Modellierung mittlerer bis großer Solaranlagen als Basis für modellbasierte Regelungsstrategien. Gleisdorf Solar 2016. Gleisdorf: 2016. (Auszeichnung als innovativstes Poster).

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Mechanism of Layer Formation on Olivine Bed Particles in Industrial-Scale Dual Fluid Bed Gasification of Wood

Kuba M, He H, Kirnbauer F, Skoglund N, Boström D, Öhman M, Hofbauer H. Mechanism of Layer Formation on Olivine Bed Particles in Industrial-Scale Dual Fluid Bed Gasification of Wood. Energy & Fuels. 15 September 2016;30(9): 7410-7418.

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Utilization of biomass as feedstock in dual fluidized bed steam gasification is a promising technology for the substitution of fossil energy carriers. Experience from industrial scale power plants showed an alteration of the olivine bed material due to interaction with biomass ash components. This change results mainly in the formation of Ca-rich layers on the bed particles. In this paper, a mechanism for layer formation is proposed and compared to the better understood mechanism for layer formation on quartz bed particles. Olivine bed material was sampled at an industrial scale power plant before the start of operation and at pre-defined times after the operation had commenced. Therefore, time dependent layer formation in industrial-scale conditions could be investigated. The proposed mechanism suggests that the interaction between wood biomass ash and olivine bed particles is based on a solid-solid substitution reaction, where Ca2+ is incorporated into the crystal structure. As a consequence Fe2+/3+ and Mg2+ ions are expelled as oxides. This substitution results in the formation of cracks in the particle layer due to a volume expansion in the crystal structure once Ca2+ is incorporated. The results of this work are compared to relevant published results including those related to quartz bed particles.
 


Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Methodological approaches for fractionation and speciation to estimate trace element bioavailability in engineered anaerobic digestion ecosystems: An overview

van Hullebusch ED, Guibaud G, Simon S, Lenz M, Yekta SS, Fermoso FG, Jain R, Duester L, Roussel J, Guillon E, Skyllberg U, Almeida CMR, Pechaud Y, Garuti M, Frunzo L, Esposito G, Carliell-Marquet C, Ortner M, Collins G. Methodological approaches for fractionation and speciation to estimate trace element bioavailability in engineered anaerobic digestion ecosystems: An overview. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 17 August 2016;46(16): 1324-1366.

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Conference contributions | 2016

Mixed alcohol synthesis based on wood gas derived from dual fluidized bed biomass steam gasification - applying a rapeseed oil methyl ester gas scrubber for gas conditioning

Binder, M., Rauch, R., Hofbauer, H., 2016, "Mixed alcohol synthesis based on wood gas derived from dual fluidized bed biomass steam gasification - applying a rapeseed oil methyl ester gas scrubber for gas conditioning", poster presentation at BioResTec2016 - 1st International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability , 23 - 26 October 2016, Sitges, Spain.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Modification of Co/Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch Nanocatalysts by Adding Ni: A Kinetic Approach

Nikparsa P, Mirzaei AA, Rauch R. Modification of Co/Al2O3 Fischer–Tropsch Nanocatalysts by Adding Ni: A Kinetic Approach. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics. 1 March 2016;48(3): 131-142.

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Other Presentations | 2016

On site monitoring and dynamic simulation of a low energy house heated by a pellet boiler

Carlon E, Schwarz M, Prada A, Golicza L, Verma V, Baratieri M, Gasparella A, Haslinger W, Schmidl C. On site monitoring and dynamic simulation of a low energy house heated by a pellet boiler. 15 March 2016;116: 296-306.

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Prefabricated low energy houses are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their low cost and high energy performance. Heating systems installed in these houses should be optimally designed and controlled, to ensure thermal comfort for the whole heating season.

This study presents the on-site monitoring and dynamic simulation of a low energy house heated by a pellet boiler via a floor heating system. The house combines a lightweight envelope, a heat distribution system with a high thermal inertia and a biomass-based heat supply. The one-year monitoring campaign allowed to closely investigate the system's response to the heat demand. Moreover, a coupled simulation of the house and its heating and hot water supply system was set-up, calibrated, and validated against measured indoor temperature profiles and energy consumptions. Root mean square deviations between simulated and measured indoor temperature were in the range 0.4–0.8 K, while simulated energy consumptions fulfilled the criteria of the ASHRAE 14-2002 Guideline. As monitoring data evidenced the importance of better managing the high thermal inertia of the floor heating system, two improved control strategies were tested in the simulation environment and evaluated in terms of thermal comfort, pellet consumption and efficiency of the pellet boiler.


Conference contributions | 2016

Overview on advanced biofuels technologies

Bacovsky D. Overview on advanced biofuels technologies. Bioenergy Australia 2016. November 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

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Conference Papers | 2016

Phase Sewparation Behaviour of FAME and Water

Bardolf R, Thoma C, Bosch K, Rauch R, Hofbauer H. Phase Sewparation Behaviour of FAME and Water. 24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (poster). June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Conference Papers | 2016

Possibility of industrial scale BioH2 production from product gas in existing dual fluidized bed biomass gasification plant

Jovanovic A, Stamenkovic M, Nenning L, Rauch R. Possibility of industrial scale BioH2 production from product gas in existing dual fluidized bed biomass gasification plant. 4th International Symposium on Environment Friendly Energies and Applications, EFEA 2016. 18 November 2016, Belgrade, Serbia.

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Conceptual solution of production of pure renewable hydrogen from wood gas or product derived from the commercial biomass steam gasification plant Güssing, Austria was carried out. The proposed process of product gas upgrading consisted of tree basic operations: (I) catalyzed water-gas shift (WGS) reaction, (II) gas drying and cleaning in a wet scrubber and (III) hydrogen purification by pressure swing adsorption. The tail gas or adsorbate can be used like fuel for gas engine for electrical energy production or like a boiler fuel for hot water-heat production.


Technical Reports | 2016

Production of advanced biofuels

Bacovsky D. Production of advanced biofuels. Nationaler Workshop Biotreibstoffe. September 2016.

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Conference Papers | 2016

Progress in hydrogen production from product gas generated by dual fluidized bed biomass steam gasification

Kraussler M, Hofbauer H. Progress in hydrogen production from product gas generated by dual fluidized bed biomass steam gasification. 24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (oral presentation). June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Other Publications | 2016

Progress in Mixed Alcohol Synthesis - Based on Wood Gas Derived from Dual Fluidized Bed Biomass Steam Gasification

Binder, M., Weber, G., Rauch, R., Hofbauer, H.: Progress in Mixed Alcohol Synthesis - Based on Wood Gas Derived from Dual Fluidized Bed Biomass Steam Gasification. Poster presentation at CASCATBEL workshop 2016, 18 - 20 May 2016, Porto Carras, Greece.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Reaction mechanisms and multi-scale modelling of lignocellulosic biomass pyrolysis

Anca-Couce, A. Reaction mechanisms and multi-scale modelling of lignocellulosic biomass pyrolysis. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. Volume 53, March 2016, Pages 41–79.

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In this work about pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass, the individual reaction mechanisms of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin are initially described. The recent advances in the understanding of the fundamental reaction pathways are described, including quantum-mechanical calculations, and the description of pyrolysis as a two-step process, i.e., primary pyrolysis and secondary charring, the effect of the presence of an intermediate liquid compound, and the influence of inorganic species are discussed.

The need to describe biomass pyrolysis as the sum of the contributions of its individual components is then emphasised. The process of determining biomass mass loss kinetics is analysed, and the product composition and heat of reaction that are experimentally obtained during pyrolysis are presented, along with detailed schemes that can be used to predict them.

Finally, it is demonstrated that a multi-scale consideration of pyrolysis on multiple levels – specifically, on molecular, particle and reaction levels – is required to accurately describe biomass pyrolysis. Intra-particle phenomena and particle models are discussed and the reactor level is analysed with a focus placed on fixed bed and fluidised bed pyrolysis. In summary, a list of 10 research focal points that will be important in the future is presented.


Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Short term online corrosion measurements in biomass fired boilers. Part 2: Investigation of the corrosion behavior of three selected superheater steels for two biomass fuels

Retschitzegger, S., Gruber, T., Brunner, T., Obernberger, I. Short term online corrosion measurements in biomass fired boilers. Part 2: Investigation of the corrosion behavior of three selected superheater steels for two biomass fuels. Fuel Processing Technology. Volume 142, February 2016, Pages 59-70.

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The high temperature corrosion behavior of the boiler steels 13CrMo4-5 (1.7335), P91 (1.4903) and 1.4541 has been investigated during short-term test runs (~ 500 h) at a biomass fired grate furnace combined with a drop tube. For the test runs performed with 13CrMo4-5 and P91 chemically untreated wood chips have been used as fuel, whereas waste wood has been used for test runs with P91 and 1.4541. Online corrosion probes and a mass loss probe have been used applying a methodology developed in a previous study to correct for a measurement error occurring during short-term measurements with online corrosion probes (mass loss correction). Furthermore, deposit probe measurements have been performed to evaluate the deposit build-up rate and the chemical composition of deposits. SEM/EDX analyses of the corrosion probes have been performed subsequently to the test runs to gain information regarding the chemical composition and structure of the deposits as well as the corrosion layers.

The furnace has been operated at constant load to ensure constant combustion conditions. The flue gas temperature at the probes has been varied between 740 and 900 °C and the probe surface temperature has been varied between 400 and 560 °C in order to determine their influence on the corrosion rate.

General trends determined by the variation of these temperatures were similar for all boiler steels: the corrosion rate increased with increasing flue gas temperature and also with increasing probe surface temperature. For chemically untreated wood chips combustion at low flue gas temperatures (740 °C) the corrosion rates were comparable for 13CrMo4-5 and P91 at all probe surface temperatures. However, at flue gas temperatures of 800 °C and higher P91 showed better corrosion resistance than 13CrMo4-5. For waste wood combustion 1.4541 generally showed a better corrosion resistance than P91.

The mass loss correction of the measurement error occurring in the initial phase resulted in different errors of 55% for 13CrMo4-5 and 32% for P91 for chemically untreated wood chips. For waste wood the mass loss correction resulted in errors of 55% for P91 and 77% for 1.4541. The results from the mass loss determination for the waste wood test runs scattered stronger compared to the wood chips test runs. Therefore, the fits were not that accurate and the error margin was higher. However, the results outline that the mass loss correction is relevant in order to achieve a meaningful comparison of different short-term test runs using online corrosion probes.


Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Simultaneous Online Determination of S, Cl, K, Na, Zn, and Pb Release from a Single Particle during Biomass Combustion. Part 2: Results from Test Runs with Spruce and Straw Pellets

Sommersacher P, Kienzl N, Brunner T, Obernberger I. Simultaneous Online Determination of S, Cl, K, Na, Zn, and Pb Release from a Single Particle during Biomass Combustion. Part 2: Results from Test Runs with Spruce and Straw Pellets. Energy and Fuels. 21 April 2016;30(4): 3428-3440.

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To gain better insight into inorganic element release processes, test runs with a specially designed single particle reactor connected with an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) have been performed. Relevant combustion related parameters such as mass loss during thermal degradation, temperature development of the particle (surface and center), and composition of released gases were recorded. By coupling the reactor to an ICP-MS, time-resolved release profiles of relevant aerosol forming elements (S, Cl, K, Na, Zn, and Pb) were determined. Targeted and controlled interruptions of the experiments (quenching) after a certain time were performed to validate reactor performance and reliability of the measurements. Test runs with softwood and straw pellets (8 mm in diameter and about 20 mm in length) were performed at reactor temperatures of 700, 850, and 1000 °C under oxidizing conditions (5.6 or 4.2 vol % O2). These test runs have revealed that the release ratios of volatile and semivolatile ash forming elements (S, Cl, K, Na, Zn, and Pb) generally increase as reactor temperatures rise. Moreover, regarding straw, higher Si and Al contents influence the release behavior of K, Na, Zn, and Pb. For K, existing release mechanisms proposed in the literature have been confirmed, and for Na it has been suggested that release mechanisms similar to K prevail. Especially during the starting phase of the experiment, a distinct temperature gradient exists from the surface to the center of the particle. Thus, different conversion phases occur in parallel in different layers of the particle, which has to be considered during the interpretation of the time-resolved release profiles of the main inorganic elements. Furthermore, transport limitations due to the occurrence of molten phases (especially for straw at reactor temperatures of 1000 °C) were obvious and could be directly derived from the online recorded release profiles. The targeted interruption of the ongoing decomposition process (quenching) provided an indication of the validity of the release profiles for S, K, Na, Zn, and Pb. Additionally, these experiments delivered valuable information regarding possible release mechanisms.


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