Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: February 20, 2011
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Citation: Boateng, A.A., Heydenrych, M. 2011. US (ARS)-South African (UP) collaboration on combustion reduction integrated pyrolysis system (CRIP). IEA Bioenergy Agreement Task 34 Newsletter, Issue 29, p.5-5.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the principal intramural research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and University of Pretoria, South Africa, have entered into a Non-funded Cooperative Research Agreement (NFCA) for 2 years (ending July 31, 2012) to develop an energy self-sufficient pyrolysis system for the production of renewable bio-crude. The collaboration is to explore some existing twin-bed gasifier designs in South Africa for catalytic pyrolysis to produce fuels and chemicals. Dr. A. A. (Kwesi) Boateng of ARS, who has demonstrated experience in the design of similar systems, and Professor Mike Heydenrych of the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Pretoria (UP), with synergic experiences, are the collaborators on this project. In a visit to UP in July through August 2010, Kwesi and Mike completed a design for a 20 kg/hr Combustion-Reduction Integrated Pyrolysis System (CRIPS) which is currently under construction in South Africa and is expected to be operational in the summer of 2011. In the meantime, a cold flow model of CRIPS is also under construction at the ARS lab near Philadelphia to study the hydrodynamics of the system. Professor Mike Heydenrych is supported in part by the Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Association of South Africa (PAMSA), which has provided funds and sponsored graduated students (1 PhD and 3 MS) to carry out pyrolysis studies under his guidance. The ARS project is part of research funded by USDA and entitled “Distributed Scale Pyrolysis of Agricultural Biomass for Production of Refinable Crude Bio-Oil and Valuable Coproducts,” for which Kwesi is the Lead Scientist.