This study investigates how physical and chemical analyses may lead the choice of the more suitable thermochemical energy conversion process for agricultural wastes. Four different case study are presented: corn cobs, digestate pellets from anaerobic digestion, wood biomass from river maintenance and seed cake from vegetable oil production. For all the cases analyzed the physical as well as the chemical characterization of the feedstocks are presented and discussed. Outputs of these analyses are: chemical composition, moisture content, ash content, ash softening point and particle size. These outputs, together with logistic considerations about availability and preconditioning of the biomasses allow to properly define the optimal process for each biomass. Three thermochemical processes are taken into account: pyrolysis, gasification and direct combustion.
Which thermochemical conversion process for agricultural waste? Physical and chemical analyses to guide the choice / Pedrazzi, Simone; Allesina, Giulio; Puglia, Marco; Morselli, Nicolò; Tartarini, Paolo. - In: PROCEDIA ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 2392-9537. - 2:4(2015), pp. 277-283.