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Heat integration for bio-oil hydroprocessing coupled with aqueous phase steam reforming

Shemfe, MB, Fidalgo, B and Gu, S (2015) Heat integration for bio-oil hydroprocessing coupled with aqueous phase steam reforming Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 107 (March). pp. 73-80.

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Abstract

Optimized heat exchanger networks can improve process profitability and minimize emissions. The aim of this study is to assess the heat integration opportunities for a hypothetical bio-oil hydroprocessing plant integrated with a steam reforming process via pinch technology. The bio-oil hydroprocessing plant was developed with rate based chemical reactions using ASPEN Plus® process simulator. The base case is a 1600 kg/h bio-oil hydroprocessing plant, which is integrated with a steam reforming process of the bio-oil aqueous phase. The impact of the reformer steam to carbon ratio on energy targets was analysed, revealing that significant energy savings can be achieved at different process variations. Aspen Energy Analyzer™ was employed to design the heat exchanger network. Two heat exchanger network designs are considered. The optimum design reveals that the second hydrodeoxygenation reactor effluent can preheat the bio-oil feed with minimal capital cost implication and achieve similar energy targets compared with the alternative design. The economic and environmental implications of the two heat exchanger network designs on product value were also evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Shemfe, MBUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fidalgo, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gu, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 16 September 2015
Funders : UK EPSRC, EU FP7
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2015.09.004
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Biorefinery, Heat integration, Fast pyrolysis, Steam reforming, Pinch analysis
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:59
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 10:59
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810588

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