TITLE

Evaluation of the pyrolytic and kinetic characteristics of Enteromorpha prolifera as a source of renewable bio-fuel from the Yellow Sea of China

AUTHOR(S)
Demao Li; Limei Chen; Jinsheng Zhao; Xiaowen Zhang; Qingyin Wang; Hongxia Wang; Naihao Ye
PUB. DATE
May 2010
SOURCE
Chemical Engineering Research & Design: Transactions of the Inst;May/Jun2010, Vol. 88 Issue 5/6, p647
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The pyrolytic and kinetic characteristics of Enteromorpha prolifera from the Yellow Sea were evaluated at heating rates of 10, 20 and 50 °C min-1, respectively. The results indicated that three stages appeared during pyrolysis; dehydration, primary devolatilization and residual decomposition. Differences in the heating rates resulted in considerable differences in the pyrolysis of E. prolifera. Specifically, the increase of heating rates resulted in shifting of the initial temperature, peak temperature and the maximum weight loss to a higher value. The average activation energy of E. prolifera was 228.1 kJ mol-1, the pre-exponential factors ranged from 49.93 to 63.29 and the reaction orders ranged from 2.2 to 3.7. In addition, there were kinetic compensation effects between the pre-exponential factors and the activation energy. Finally, the minimum activation energy was obtained when a heating rate of 20 °C min-1 was used.
ACCESSION #
51910603

 

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