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Microwave induced pyrolysis of oil palm biomass

Salema, Arshad Adam and Ani, Farid Nasir (2010) Microwave induced pyrolysis of oil palm biomass. Bioresource Technology, 102 (3). pp. 3388-3395. ISSN 0960-8524

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.09.115


The purpose of this paper was to carry out microwave induced pyrolysis of oil palm biomass (shell and fibers) with the help of char as microwave absorber (MA). Rapid heating and yield of microwave pyrolysis products such as bio-oil, char, and gas was found to depend on the ratio of biomass to microwave absorber. Temperature profiles revealed the heating characteristics of the biomass materials which can rapidly heat-up to high temperature within seconds in presence of MA. Some characterization of pyrolysis products was also presented. The advantage of this technique includes substantial reduction in consumption of energy, time and cost in order to produce bio-oil from biomass materials. Large biomass particle size can be used directly in microwave heating, thus saving grinding as well as moisture removal cost. A synergistic effect was found in using MA with oil palm biomass.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:oil palm biomass, pyrolysis, microwave absorber
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:26283
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:29 Jun 2012 11:44
Last Modified:09 Nov 2018 16:07

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