Syngas production from microwave-assisted air gasification of biomass: Part 2 model validation

Yaning Zhang, Cunfeng Ke, Yanan Gao, Shiyu Liu, Yaoyu Pan, Nan Zhou, Yunpu Wang, Liangliang Fan, Peng Peng, Bingxi Li, R. R Ruan

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Experiments were conducted in this study (part 2) to validate the CFD model developed for microwave-assisted air gasification of biomass (part 1). The experiments were conducted on corn stover at different gasification temperatures (600 °C, 700 °C, 800 °C). The simulated syngas components (H2, CO, CO2, N2, CH4 and C2H4) and heating values (high heating value (HHV) and low heating value (LHV)) were compared with the experimental results. The results show that most (94.44%) of the relative errors (7.84% - 19.34%) were within 20% for the syngas components, whereas they were 5.40%–8.62% and 3.29%–4.94% for the HHVs and LHVs, respectively, indicating that the model developed can be used to simulate syngas production from microwave-assisted air gasification of biomass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-632
Number of pages8
JournalRenewable Energy
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by grants from China Scholarship Council (No. 201506125122 ), Scientific Research Starting Foundation for the Postdoctors at Heilongjiang Province ( AUGA4120000518 ), Key Research and Development Program of Jiangxi Province (No. 20171BBF60023 ), Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund ( ENRTF ) through the processes of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources ( LCCMR ), and University of Minnesota Center for Biorefining. Financial supports from Postgraduate Education Reform Project of Jiangsu Province ( SJCX18_0897 ), the Foundation of National & Local Joint Engineering Research Center for Deep Utilization Technology of Rock-salt Resource, Huaiyin Institute of Technology ( SF201807 ) are also acknowledged.


  • Biomass air gasification
  • Microwave irradiation
  • Model validation
  • Syngas production

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