Catalytic Microwave Preheated Co-pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomasses: A study on biofuel production and its characterization

P. Jennita Jacqueline, V. Shenbaga Muthuraman, C. Karthick, Abed Alaswad, G. Velvizhi, K. Nanthagopal

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In this present study, microwave pre-treatment has been used for sustainable biofuel production from three different biowastes through catalytic aided co-pyrolysis techniques. The experimental investigations have been carried out to develop biofuel at temperature (350-550℃), heating rate (15-50℃/min) and particle size (0.12-0.38mm). The resultant biofuels were characterized using TGA, DTA, FE-SEM, FTIR spectroscopy and NMR spectrum. The pyrolysis process of biomasses without and with catalyst resulted in the yield rate of 29-37% and 39-51% respectively. Moreover, the CaO catalytic co-pyrolysis process of pomegranate peel, groundnut shell and palmcone wastes with a ratio of 50:50 at 0.25mm particle size has resulted in the highest yield rate of 51.6%. The NMR result of bio-oil samples produced hydroxyl group and aliphatics which clearly state the suitability of bio-oils for automotive application. The bio-oil had promising fuel characteristics consisting more energy density (29.1MJ/kg), less oxygen content and free of nitrogen.
Original languageEnglish
Article number126382
JournalBioresource Technology
Early online date19 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2021

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Funding: The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support offered by the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Engineering Research Board, New Delhi, India under the DST-SERB(EEQ) scheme [Project No: EEQ/2018/000725] and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India [Project No. BT/PR31259/PBD/26/756/2019) for providing financial support to carry put this project.


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