The formation of aerosols during the co-combustion of coal and biomass

Nzihou, A. and Stanmore, B. R. (2015) The formation of aerosols during the co-combustion of coal and biomass. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 6 6: 947-957. doi:10.1007/s12649-015-9390-3


Author Nzihou, A.
Stanmore, B. R.
Title The formation of aerosols during the co-combustion of coal and biomass
Journal name Waste and Biomass Valorization   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-265X
1877-2641
Publication date 2015-12-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s12649-015-9390-3
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 6
Issue 6
Start page 947
End page 957
Total pages 11
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject 2305 Environmental Engineering
2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
Abstract The global drive to lessen the emission of greenhouse gases in the power industry has seen an increase in the co-combustion of coal with various types of biomass. The practice “represent possibly the best (cheapest and lowest risk) renewable energy option for many power producers”. Most reviews of the practice cite environmental benefits coupled with satisfactory technological performance. One environmental aspect which has been virtually ignored is the formation and release of ultra-fine aerosol particles, which have a damaging effect on the respiratory system. The emission of respirable aerosols during the combustion of both coal and biomass has received considerable attention, but there is little information available for the combustion of their mixture. The available evidence, reviewed here, indicates that the extent of their formation is increased by co-combustion, due to the high ash and sulphur content of coals, and the high alkali metal content of biomass.
Keyword Aerosols
Alkali metals
Biomass
Co-combustion
Coal
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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