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Birgen C.,Elvevegen 28 | Garcia Jarque S.,Juan de Garay 106
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2015

Bio-LNG which is produced by liquefaction of synthetic natural gas from biomass (bio-SNG) is a valuable renewable fuel as it has high energy density and transportability. Cryogenic technology is a promising option for integration of the gas upgrading and liquefaction systems with the main biomass gasification and methane synthesis plant. This study investigates the feasibility of this technology for future commercial bio-SNG production plants based on indirect gasification technology, similar to that adopted by Göteborg Energi for the GoBiGas project. Simulation program Aspen Plus and pinch analysis tool Pro-PI are used to compare conventional gas cleaning and liquefaction technology and cryogenic technology. The cryogenic unit achieves the targeted product specifications and capacity, and the calculated performance is comparable to published data for commercial units. The results show that the integrated plant with cryogenic technology has a higher power requirement than the plant with conventional technology. Cryogenic technology is still under development, therefore there is a high potential for performance improvement by application of energy efficiency measures. In addition, high purity liquid CO2 is produced at very low temperature as a by-product which could generate additional revenue. © 2015 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Source


Birgen C.,Elvevegen 28 | Garcia Jarque S.,Elvevegen 28
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2015

Bio-LNG which is produced by liquefaction of synthetic natural gas from biomass (bio-SNG) is a valuable renewable fuel as it has high energy density and transportability. Cryogenic technology is a promising option for integration of the gas upgrading and liquefaction systems with the main biomass gasification and methane synthesis plant. This study investigates the feasibility of this technology for future commercial bio-SNG production plants based on indirect gasification technology, similar to that adopted by Göteborg Energi for the GoBiGas project. Simulation program Aspen Plus and pinch analysis tool Pro_PI are used to compare conventional gas cleaning and liquefaction technology and cryogenic technology. The cryogenic unit achieves the targeted product specifications and capacity, and the calculated performance is comparable to published data for commercial units. The results show that the integrated plant with cryogenic technology has a higher power requirement than the plant with conventional technology. Cryogenic technology is still under development, therefore there is a high potential for performance improvement by application of energy efficiency measures. In addition, high purity liquid CO2 is produced at very low temperature as a by-product which could generate additional revenue. © 2015 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Source

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