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Baker N.,University of Cambridge | Guedes M.C.,University of Lisbon | Shaikh N.,University of Cambridge | Calixto L.,University of Lisbon | Aguiar R.,Laboratorio Nacional Of Engineering E Geologia
Renewable Energy | Year: 2013

In Portugal, there is a critical need for architects to incorporate energy-conscious strategies on the process of refurbishment design. Passive design technology is still widely unknown or misused by Architects, to a large extent because information on these issues is scarce, mostly referring to foreign climatic and building contexts. There is also a great need for user-friendly tools, like the LT method, particularly for demonstrating and validating its use in the Portuguese context. This paper presents the LT-Portugal software, which is an energy design tool that can quickly assess the energy use (lighting, cooling, ventilation and heating) and thermal comfort implications of design options - both in existing projects and also to inform design decisions. Despite the complexity of the analysis, the LT method is easy to use and to apply to a range of situations. It is thus an ideal to assess refurbishment strategies, to which it has been applied before, and to make comparisons between various refurbishment options. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Pinto F.,Laboratorio Nacional Of Engineering E Geologia | Varela F.T.,New University of Lisbon | Goncalves M.,New University of Lisbon | Neto Andre R.,Laboratorio Nacional Of Engineering E Geologia | And 2 more authors.
Fuel | Year: 2014

Olive pomace oil is a by-product from the olive oil industry that is still being used in the food industry as a low value vegetable oil. Crude olive pomace oil needs to be refined and is blended with virgin olive oils before being used as edible oil. The detection of toxic compounds led to more restricted legislation and to the search of alternative valorisation processes, such as hydrotreating to obtain bio-hydrocarbons. Hydrotreating of olive pomace oil at moderate temperatures (from 300 to 430 C) and in presence of initial hydrogen pressure of 1.1 MPa led to triglycerides destruction and to their conversion into a large range of organic compounds with predominance to hydrocarbons. Even without any catalyst, conversions into hydrocarbons were always higher than 90% (v/v). Catalyst presence, such as: CoMo/Al2O3, FCC (fluid catalytic cracking) or HZSM-5 changed hydrogenated liquids composition. The highest content of alkanes was obtained with CoMo catalyst, while FCC and HZSM-5 led to the highest contents of aromatic compounds. The results obtained showed that olive pomace oil can be efficiently converted into bio-hydrocarbons with a wide range of applications. It was also studied the effect of pyrolysing olive pomace oil prior to its hydrotreating. Pyrolysis pre-treatment seems to have favoured hydrotreating process by promoting initial cracking reactions. Thus, it was possible to increase the production of liquid compounds with a higher content of light molecules. However, the advantages of using a more complex two steps process still need to be proven. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Pinto F.,Laboratorio Nacional Of Engineering E Geologia | Martins S.,New University of Lisbon | Goncalves M.,New University of Lisbon | Costa P.,Laboratorio Nacional Of Engineering E Geologia | And 3 more authors.
Applied Energy | Year: 2013

The main objective of rapeseed oil hydrogenation tests was the production of liquid bio-chemicals to be used as renewable raw material for the production of several chemicals and in chemical synthesis to substitute petroleum derived stuff. As, hydrogenation of vegetable oils is already applied for the production of biofuels, the work done focused in producing aromatic compounds, due to their economic value. The effect of experimental conditions on rapeseed oil hydrogenation was studied, namely, reaction temperature and time with the aim of selecting the most favourable conditions to convert rapeseed oil into liquid valuable bio-chemicals. Rapeseed oil was hydrogenated at a hydrogen initial pressure of 1.10. MPa. Reaction temperature varied in the range from 200 °C to 400 °C, while reaction times between 6 and 180. min were tested. The performance of a commercial cobalt and molybdenum catalyst was also studied. The highest hydrocarbons yields were obtained at the highest temperature and reaction times tested. At a temperature of 400 °C and at the reaction time of 120. min hydrocarbons yield was about 92% in catalyst presence, while in the absence of the catalyst this value decreased to 85%. Hydrocarbons yield was even higher when the reaction time of 180. min was used in the presence of catalyst, as the yield of 97% was observed. At these conditions hydrocarbons formed had a high content of aromatic compounds, around 50%. For this reason, the viscosity values of hydrogenated oils were lower than that established by EN590, which together with hydrogenated liquids composition prevented its use as direct liquid fuel to substitute fossil gas oil for transport sector. However, hydrocarbons analysis showed the presence of several valuable compounds that encourages their use as a raw material for the production of several chemicals and in chemical synthesis. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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