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Reference Number GR/S49025/01
Title Fundamental studies of the behaviour of metals in solid fuels for sustainable energy
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 (Metallurgy and Materials) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr JM Jones
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Energy Resources Research Unit
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2004
End Date 30 April 2007
Duration 39 months
Total Grant Value £223,419
Industrial Sectors Energy
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 (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor R M D (Rik ) Brydson , Institute of Materials Research, University of Leeds (0.001%)
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Abstract Biomass is considered to be the obvious candidate for contributing to C02 reduction in the immediate and medium term, since it can be co-combusted witt coal in existing facilities. Smaller-scale facilities could conceivably run exclusively on biomass. The greatest challenge for energy from biomass utilisation for a sustainable process - near zero C02 emissions and minerals and nutrients recycling are the vision. It is recognised that some of the metals in these solid fuels can have a major impact on the thermal processes - be it pyrolysis, gasification, or combustion. They can act as catalysts for these processes and can impact on the release of fuel nitrogen - a potential source of nitric oxide in combustion, or ammonia in gasification. Together with P, S and CI they can cause slagging, fouling and corrosion, and environmental problems such as the emission of volatile components. In spite of this, very little is known on a molecular level about the behaviour of the metals and their interaction with the fuel conversion processes. The proposed programme of work seeks to apply state-of-the art instrumental techniques to study the interaction of metals (K, Ca, Fe) with solid fuel molecular structure and probe in situ how this interacto proceeds during thermal processing treatments. The catalytic role of the metal will be elucidated for model systems and mechanistic routes will be postulated from the spectroscopic, microscopic and analytical results. The feasibility of theproposed mechanistic routes will be evaluated by examining the stablility c proposed intermediates through molecular and ab initio modelling approaches
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