INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN ENERGIA NO CONVENCIONAL
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
congresos y reuniones científicas
Co-firing essay in Argentina
MANRIQUE, SILVINA M; PANERO, CLAUDIO; FRANCO, JUDITH
Conferencia; The Energy and Material Research Conference (EMR2015); 2015
Formatex Research Center, Spain
The co-firing (CF)- that is the biomass and coal combustion in power plants- may contribute to the simultaneous reduction of dependence on fossil fuels and emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). The purpose of this research was to provide information scientifically supported about the use of biomass in CF processes in Argentina. There is only one power plant that operates based on coal, the Saint Nicholas Thermal Station (SNTS), province of Buenos Aires, which was selected to study the behavior of lignocellulosic biomass (forest residues of Pinus elliottii and Eucalyptus grandi) in CF process. Different concentrations of biomass in coal (5-40 %) and formats (pellets, chips, sawdust) were tested. It was found that pelleted materials of Pinus sp are more suitable to CF considering physicochemical characteristics and response of mills. The optimum percentage of biomass is 12% in the mix. We studied possible sources of provision of biomass, availability and transport. The power plant kept its normal operating parameters during the CF and even showed reductions in the percentages of GHG emissions.