Potential for thermochemical conversion of biomass residues from the integrated sugar-ethanol process – Fate of ash and ash-forming elements

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In this work, potential for thermochemical conversion of biomass residues from an integrated sugar-ethanol process and the fate of ash and ash-forming elements in the process are presented. Ash, ash-forming elements, and energy flows in the process were determined using mass balances and analyses of eight different biomass samples for ash contents, elemental compositions, and heating values. The results show that the ash content increases from the sugarcane to the final residue, vinasse. The cane straw, which is left in the field, contains one-third of the energy and 25% of the K and Cl while the vinasse contains 2% of the energy and 40% of the K and Cl in the cane. K and Cl in biomass fuels cause corrosion and fouling problems in boilers and gasifiers. Over 85% of these elements in the straw are water soluble indicating that water leaching would improve it for utilization in thermochemical conversion.
Sidor (från-till)188–197
TidskriftBioresource Technology
StatusPublicerad - 2017
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


  • Thermochemical conversion
  • Fuel fractionation
  • Biomass residue
  • Sugarcane straw
  • Ash-forming elements

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