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Reference Number GR/S01221/01
Title Investigation of Synergistic Activity During the Co-Pyrolysis of Coal and Biomass.
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Coal, Coal combustion) 50%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr JM Jones
No email address given
Energy Resources Research Unit
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2003
End Date 30 September 2006
Duration 39 months
Total Grant Value £189,327
Industrial Sectors Energy; No relevance to Underpinning Sectors; Chemicals
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng, Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr JM Jones , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor K Bartle , Sch of Chemistry, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor A Williams , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
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Abstract As recognised in the EPSRC "SUPERGEN INITIATIVE", the energy supply in the UK will need to undergo a significant change over the next few decades. Fossil fuel depletion and environmental concerns are two of the drivers for this change. In particular, the emphasis will be on sustainable resources for both power generation and possibly chemicals production. Biomass is one possible sustainable resource that is expected to contribute increasingly to this. It is inevitable that biomass willsupplement fossil fuels, especially coal in the first instance, and coal-biomass blending in combustion is already a topic of great interest. One scenario is a distributed energy supply using small systems which can cope with diverse feedstocks and which may use flexible process and product options (E.g. gasification/pyrolysis for fuels and chemicals or for power generation). Therefore, there is a need for fundamental data on the interaction of fuel blends during these processes so that theycan be optimised for particular applications. The co-utilisation of coal and biomass for energy production results in pollutant reduction, and for NOx and SOx reduction this can be explained. However, little is understood about the interaction of the volatiles and the resulting decrease in oganic emissions. The proposed work seeks to extend our understanding of this through the development and application of a new technique, complemented with an established procedure applied to this novel problem. It will explore recent findings concerning the synergy in co-pyrolysis of coal and biomass, and whether this synergy can be tailored to be beneficial in different thermal processes through different fuel blending strategies
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