Effect of fuel moisture content on biomass-IGCC performance

W. E.M. Hughes, E. D. Larson

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The moisture level in biomass fuels potentially impacts efficiency in conversion to power. This paper examines the efficiency and net power output of a fluidized bed gasifier-combined cycle with flue gas drying for a range of as-received raw biomass moisture contents and levels of pre gasification drying. Due to the lack of empirical data available, a modeling approach is used to simulate the effect of varying moisture content in the gasifier feed biomass. For a specified as-received biomass moisture content, drying prior to gasification increases overall efficiency, but the gains in efficiency decrease with increasing levels of drying. For a specified post-dryer gasifier feed moisture content, cycle efficiency and power output increase with decreasing as-received biomass moisture down to 30 percent, below which the change in cycle performance is negligible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-459
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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