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Fuel characteristics of sewage sludge using thermal treatment

  • Joo Yeob Lee
  • Sujeeta Karki
  • Jeeban Poudel
  • Keun Won Lee
  • Sea Cheon OhEmail author
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Abstract

Pretreatment of sewage sludge under inert condition can produce enhanced solid fuel qualities. In this study, sewage sludge was torrefied in a horizontal tubular reactor at temperatures ranging from 200 to 450 °C. Improved fuel characteristics with reduced oxidized compounds which become more like coal were depicted by the CHO index and Van Krevelen diagram. The CHO index based on molecular C, H, and O data obtained for 450 °C was − 0.65. Statistical Grindability Index (SGI) gradually decreased with the lowest value for 450 °C while the fuel ratio increased with increase in torrefaction temperature. The spontaneous combustion of sewage sludge was analyzed and the average spontaneous combustion temperature of 211.4 °C was obtained.

Keywords

Sewage sludge Torrefaction CHO index Statistical grindability index (SGI) Spontaneous combustion 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Renewable Energy’s Technology Development Program (No. 20163010102160) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy of the Korean government and the research project funded by Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Occupational Safety & Health Research Institute, KOSHADaejeonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Environmental EngineeringKongju National UniversitySeobukRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Waste & Biomass Energy Technology CenterKongju National UniversitySeobukRepublic of Korea

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