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The Thermochemical Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste by Torrefaction Process
Maja Ivanovski, Darko Goričanec, Danijela Urbancl, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: In this work, the thermochemical properties of municipal solid waste (MSW) are studied using the torrefaction process as the main method for investigation. Torrefaction experiments were carried out using an electric laboratory furnace, at temperatures of 200, 250, and 300 °C. The residence time was set to 90 min. Proximate and ultimate analysis were performed on the torrefied MSW samples and compared with the properties of the raw MSW samples. In addition, the thermal properties of the obtained torrefied MSW samples were evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and derivative thermogravimetric analysis (DTG). The following could be stated: the obtained results showed that mass and energy yields (MY and EY, respectively) decrease with increasing when torrefaction temperature, while the heating values (HHV) increased under the same conditions (from 24.3 to 25.1 MJ/kg). Elemental analysis showed an increase in carbon content (C), from 45.7 ± 0.9 to 52.8 ± 1.05 wt.%, and decrease in oxygen content (O), from 45.6 ± 0.9 to 39.5 ± 0.8 wt.%, when torrefaction temperature is increased, which is consistent with the general definition of the torrefaction process. In addition, enhancement factors (EFs) and fuel ratios (FRs) were calculated, which ranged from 1.00 to 1.02 and 0.16 to 0.23, respectively. Some anomalies were observed during the thermal analysis, which are assumed to be related to the composition of the selected MSW. This study therefore shows that torrefaction pretreatment can improve the physicochemical properties of raw MSW to a level comparable to coal, and could contribute to a better understanding of the conversion of MSW into a valuable, solid biofuel.
Keywords: biomass, municipal solid waste, torrefication, energy yield, thermogravimetric analysis
Published in DKUM: 10.05.2024; Views: 100; Downloads: 5
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Carbon-free heat production for high-temperature heating systems
Sven Gruber, Klemen Rola, Danijela Urbancl, Darko Goričanec, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: The article presents a new carbon-free heat production technology for district heating, which consists of a combined heat and power generation fuel cell (FC CHP) with CO2 capture and a two-stage cascade high-temperature heat pump (TCHHP). The FC generates heat and electricity, the latter being used to drive the compressors of the TCHHP. During the winter period, the water temperature achieved can occasionally be too low, so it would be heated up with hydrogen gas boilers. The hydrogen would be produced by reforming natural gas, synthetic methane, or biogas. The results are presented with natural gas utilization—the ratio between the obtained heat flow transferred directly to the water for district heating and the input heat flow of natural gas. In the case of a return water temperature of 60 °C and district heating temperature of 85 °C, the TCHHP, whose heat source is groundwater, achieves plant efficiency of 270.04% in relation to the higher heating value (HHV) and 241.74% in relation to the lower heating value (LHV) of natural gas. A case with a TCHHP whose heat source is low-temperature geothermal water achieves a plant efficiency of 361.36% in relation to the HHV and 323.49% in relation to the LHV.
Keywords: carbon-free, decarbonization of district heating systems, fuell cell, high-temperature district heating, high-temperature heat pump
Published in DKUM: 10.05.2024; Views: 91; Downloads: 4
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Particulate matter air pollution in the Republic of Slovenia and its national spatial emissions release
Petra Dolšak Lavrič, Maja Ivanovski, Darko Goričanec, Danijela Urbancl, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: In this work, an impact of particulate matter (PM) on air pollution and its emissions released is investigated. Concentration levels of PM10 and PM2.5 in the Republic of Slovenia (RS) were analyzed on daily, weekly, monthly, quartile, and annual data and then compared. The study was conducted from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 at two monitoring stations, so-called urban traffic and urban industrial. Obtained results showed that the highest concentrations of PM in air were during the cold months of the year when the temperatures are lower (< 6%). Results from heating seasons (from October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) showed the highest concentration levels of PM10 between 9:00 and 14:00 and between 18:00 and 22:00, with highest concentrations recorded during the winter months (January and February). Additionally, emission building inventory was built based on PM10 and PM2.5 emissions released. The study includes yearly spatial building emissions release model considering currently installed high PM emitted stoves. The building model for the Republic of Slovenia has been developed by using 500 x 500 m model grid. Obtained results showed that changing currently low efficient appliance with advanced appliance would result in significant lower PM emissions released from building sector
Keywords: air pollution, particulate matter, heating season, emission release, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 10.05.2024; Views: 115; Downloads: 4
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Proizvodnja biogoriv s procesom torefikacije in njihov vpliv na okolje : doktorska disertacija
Maja Ivanovski, 2024, doctoral dissertation

Abstract: Skozi zgodovino se je ves svet ukvarjal s pridobivanjem energije in njeno oskrbo ter posledično razvojem goriv. Zaradi postopnega izčrpavanja zalog fosilnih goriv, tehnološkega napredka in vse večjih okoljskih vprašanj so začela prihajati v ospredje alternativna goriva, ki jih je mogoče črpati na bolj učinkovit in trajnosten način. Energija iz biomase danes predstavlja enega bolj obetavnih obnovljivih virov energije (OVE) v Sloveniji, eni najmanjših držav v Evropi. Med obstoječimi tehnologijami za izboljšanje kakovosti biomase predstavlja proces torefikacije odpadne biomase ambiciozno tehniko predhodne obdelave biomateriala, ki lahko bistveno izboljša lastnosti surove biomase tako, da dobimo ekološko in energetsko sprejemljivejši energent. Toreficirana oz. termično obdelana biomasa je hidrofobna, odporna na biorazgradnjo in primerna za skladiščenje. Pomembna prednost toreficirane biomase je tudi v tem, da ima manjšo žilavost od lesa, kar omogoča lažje mletje in aplikacijo tega biomateriala v industrijske namene. Čeprav so prednosti uporabe toreficirane biomase na svetovni ravni že raziskane in priznane, torefikacija v Sloveniji še ni poznana. V nadaljevanju doktorska disertacija obravnava proces torefikacije odpadne biomase tipične v Sloveniji z namenom proizvesti trdno biogorivo, ki ima višjo kurilno vrednost kot surova biomasa in je tudi hidrofobno: energetska rastlina miskantus (M), ostanek hmelja po žetvi (H), odpadni mešani (MWW) in hrastov les (OWW), odpadno blato iz komunalnih čistilnih naprav (SS), mešane komunalne odpadke (MSW) in njihove mešanice. Torefikacija odpadne lignocelulozne in ne-lignocelulozne biomase je potekala v temperaturnem območju med 200 °C in 300 °C, v inertni ali pol-inertni atmosferi, od nekaj minut do nekaj ur. Na surovih in termično obdelanih biomaterialih so bile izvedene standardne fizikalno-kemijske analize, s katerimi je bila raziskovana odpadna biomasa kvantitativno in kvalitativno ovrednotena (proksimativna in elementna analiza, masni in energijski izplen, faktor izboljšav kurilne vrednosti, indeks stopnje torefikacije itd.). Z infrardečo spektroskopijo s Fourierjevo transformacijo (FTIR) je bila določena struktura vzorcev, s termogravimetrično analizo (TGA in DTG) pa je bila določena termična razgradnja surovih in obdelanih biomaterialov. Pridobljeni podatki so bili analizirani z dvema kinetičnima modeloma: Friedman (FR) in Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS). Na koncu je bila še izračunana energetska donosnost procesa torefikacije, določene so bile emisije toplogrednih plinov (TGP) in določeni so bili plini, ki se sprostijo med procesom. Ugotovljeno je bilo naslednje: z naraščajočo temperaturo in/ali daljšanjem procesa torefikacije se masni in energetski izpleni vseh raziskovanih vzorcev nižajo, kurilne vrednosti (HHV) se višajo. Delež kisika v vzorcih se zmanjša, prav tako se zniža delež hlapljivih komponent, medtem ko se deleži ogljika in fiksnega ogljika zvišajo. Prav tako se delež lignina v lignoceluloznih vzorcih viša z višanjem temperature, deleža celuloze in hemiceluloze pa se nižata. Temperatura torefikacije ima večji vpliv na proces kot čas torefikacije, pri čemer je optimalna temperatura procesa pri približno 260 °C. To je bilo potrjeno tudi z indeksom stopnje (TSI) torefikacije in EMCI indeksom. Nadalje je FTIR analiza pokazala, da imajo tako surovi kot termično obdelani vzorci funkcionalne skupine tipične za lignocelulozne in ne-lignocelulozne vzorce. Termogravimetrična analiza je pokazala, da se večina obravnavanih vzorcev razgradi v temperaturnem območju do 550 °C. Med samo torefikacijo pa se je sprostilo največ CO2 plina. Obravnavi vzorci odpadne biomase se na podlagi dobljenih rezultatov lahko uporabijo kot možno alternativno biogorivo. Več raziskav in analiz na tem področju je še potrebnih.
Keywords: obnovljivi viri energije, torefikacija, odpadna biomasa, kurilna vrednost, emisije TGP
Published in DKUM: 06.05.2024; Views: 75; Downloads: 15
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Utilisation of renewable electricity to produce synthetic methane
Klemen Rola, Sven Gruber, Danijela Urbancl, Darko Goričanec, 2023, original scientific article

Keywords: power-to-methane, P2M, synthetic methane, CO2 methanation, Aspen Plus, Aspen Adsorption
Published in DKUM: 18.04.2024; Views: 91; Downloads: 1
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Thermal treatment of raw and pre-treated wastes from the paper industry
Aleksandra Petrovič, Christoph Hochenauer, Matej Zazijal, Lidija Čuček, Darko Goričanec, Danijela Urbancl, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: In this study, the thermal treatment of two types of waste from the paper industry was investigated, paper mill sludge and sewage sludge from biological wastewater treatment plants. Hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) and torrefaction were investigated as sustainable alternatives for solid biofuel production. Untreated samples and samples chemically pre-treated with alcoholic vinegar were subjected to torrefaction at 350 °C in N2 atmosphere, and the exhaust gases were analysed. HTC was performed at 250 °C with a residence time of 4 h. The feedstocks and the biochars produced were characterised by different analytical methods, and the effects of pre-treatment on fuel properties were studied. Both processes, HTC and torrefaction, showed inspiring results in the production of biofuels from paper industry wastes under the tested experimental conditions. A positive influence of pre-treatment on fuel properties (higher heating value, carbon content) of the obtained char was observed, and changes in the gas phase during torrefaction were observed.
Keywords: thermal treatment of waste, wastewater treatment, hydrothermal carbonisation
Published in DKUM: 18.04.2024; Views: 97; Downloads: 2
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The Evaluation of Torrefaction Efficiency for Lignocellulosic Materials Combined with Mixed Solid Wastes
Maja Ivanovski, Darko Goričanec, Danijela Urbancl, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: The paper presents the results of research aimed at evaluating the possibility of using selected biomass wastes to produce solid biofuels. In this work, the thermochemical properties of two lignocellulosic biomasses, namely, miscantshus (Miscanthus × Giganteus) and hops (Humulus lupulus), and non-lignocellulosic biomass, namely, municipal solid waste, and their mixtures (micanthus + municipal solid waste and hops + municipal solid waste) were studied using the torrefaction process as the main method for investigation. The effects of various torrefaction temperatures (250, 300, and 350 °C) and times (30 and 60 min) were evaluated. Proximate and ultimate analyses were performed on the torrefied samples. The following can be stated: as the torrefaction temperature and time increased, mass and energy yields decreased while the higher heating values (HHVs) and fuel ratios (FRs) increased, together with carbon contents (C). In addition, energy on return investment (EROI) was studied; the maximum EROI of 28 was achieved for MSW biochar at 250 °C for 30 min. The results of studying greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) showed a reduction of around 88% when using torrefied biochar as a substitute for coal. In sum, this study shows that torrefaction pre-treatment can improve the physicochemical properties of raw biomasses to a level comparable with coal, and could be helpful in better understanding the conversion of those biomasses into a valuable, solid biofuel.
Keywords: torrefaction, waste biomass, renewable energy, fuel ratio, greenhouse gas emission, GHG
Published in DKUM: 29.03.2024; Views: 109; Downloads: 11
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