Production of Torrefied Solid Bio-Fuel from Pulp Industry Waste - Case Study from Taiwan

Production of Torrefied Solid Bio-Fuel from Pulp Industry Waste - Case Study from Taiwan

Production of Torrefied Solid Bio-Fuel from Pulp Industry Waste

Michael Huang, Chia-Chi Chang, Min-Hao Yuan, Ching-Yuan Chang, Chao-Hsiung Wu, Je- Lueng Shie, Yen-Hau Chen, Yi-Hung Chen, Chungfang Ho, Wei-Ren Chang, Tzu-Yi Yang and Far-Ching Lin

Abstract
The pulp industry in Taiwan discharges tons of wood waste and pulp sludge (i.e., wastewater-derived secondary sludge) per year. The mixture of these two bio-wastes, denoted as wood waste with pulp sludge (WPS), has been commonly converted to organic fertilizers for agriculture application or to soil conditioners. However, due to energy demand, the WPS can be utilized in a beneficial way to mitigate an energy shortage. This study elucidated the performance of applying torrefaction, a bio-waste to energy method, to transform the WPS into solid bio-fuel.

Two batches of the tested WPS (i.e., WPS1 and WPS2) were generated from a virgin pulp factory in eastern Taiwan. The WPS1 and WPS2 samples contained a large amount of organics and had high heating values (HHV) on a dry-basis (HHD) of 18.30 and 15.72 MJ/kg, respectively, exhibiting a potential for their use as a solid bio-fuel. However, the wet WPS as received bears high water and volatile matter content and required de-watering, drying, and upgrading. After a 20 min torrefaction time (tT), the HHD of torrefied WPS1 (WPST1) can be enhanced to 27.49 MJ/kg at a torrefaction temperature (TT) of 573 K, while that of torrefied WPS2 (WPST2) increased to 19.74 MJ/kg at a TT of 593 K.

The corresponding values of the energy densification ratio of torrefied solid bio-fuels of WPST1 and WPST2 can respectively rise to 1.50 and 1.25 times that of the raw bio-waste. The HHD of WPST1 of 27.49 MJ/kg is within the range of 24–35 MJ/kg for bituminous coal. In addition, the wet-basis HHV of WPST1 with an equilibrium moisture content of 5.91 wt % is 25.87 MJ/kg, which satisfies the Quality D coal specification of the Taiwan Power Co. requiring a value of above 20.92 MJ/kg.

Keywords : torrefaction; bio-waste; biomass; torrefied bio-waste; solid bio-fuel; pulp industry waste

Energies   2017 10 (7), 910; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10070910

Huang, M.; Chang, C.-C.; Yuan, M.-H.; Chang, C.-Y.; Wu, C.-H.; Shie, J.-L.; Chen, Y.-H.; Chen, Y.-H.; Ho, C.; Chang, W.-R.; Yang, T.-Y.; Lin, F.-C. Production of Torrefied Solid Bio-Fuel from Pulp Industry Waste.  Energies 2017 10 , 910.

Source: MDPI