Flowsheet Development and Modelling of Hydrogen Production from Empty Fruit Bunch via Steam Gasification

Inayat, Abrar and Ahmad, Murni M and Abdul Mutalib, M I and Yusup, Suzana (2010) Flowsheet Development and Modelling of Hydrogen Production from Empty Fruit Bunch via Steam Gasification. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 21 . pp. 427-432. ISSN 1974-9791

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Due to the availability of agricultural land and significant production of palm oil in Malaysia, there is abundance of biomass in the form of agricultural wastes. This work reports a mathematical model for the flowsheet developed for hydrogen production from empty fruit bunch from oil palm via steam gasification with in-situ carbon dioxide capture by CaO as sorbent. The flowsheet model incorporates the chemical reaction kinetics, mass and energy balances calculations. Parameter analysis on the influence of the temperature, steam/biomass and sorbent/biomass ratios are performed. It is predicted that more than 70 mole% hydrogen can be produced at 1150 K. In addition, CO2 are predicted to be fully absorbed from the system at sorbent/biomass ratio of 2.0. It is observed that the thermodynamic efficiency of the gasifier increases with temperature reaching a maximum efficiency of 84% at steam/biomass ratio of 2.0. It is shown that by using CaO as the sorbent in the gasifier, the efficiency can be increased by 10% compared to the conventional gasification method.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:EFB, Gasification, Hydrogen, Flowsheet Modelling
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Chemical Engineering
ID Code:2739
Deposited By: Dr Murni M Ahmad
Deposited On:21 Sep 2010 00:43
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:24

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