A preliminary assessment of cotton gin waste-mixture co-gasification performance

Widjaya, Elita R. and Chen, Guangnan and Bowtell, Leslie and Hills, Catherine (2015) A preliminary assessment of cotton gin waste-mixture co-gasification performance. In: 2nd International Conference on Agriculture, Environment and Biological Sciences (ICAEBS'15), 16-17 August 2015, Bali, Indonesia.


Co-gasification of non-woody biomass with char may induce a more stable gasification process and reduce tar and bed bridging. This paper presents a preliminary assessment of cotton gin waste-char i.e. coal co-gasification using air as the reactant. The influence of char addition in the mix of pellet fuel of cotton gin waste (CGW)-coal and gasification temperature are assessed using a thermodynamic equilibrium model. It is found that fuel compositions can significantly influence the performance and gasification products. Adding the coal can increase the syngas heating value, while increasing the gasification temperatures may lower the syngas heating value. At higher temperatures, the higher the coal ratio in the mix, the higher increment of syngas heating values. The drying and electricity energy need for a typical gin plant with the capacity of 40 bales/hour production is also assessed. The gin utilising CGW only pellet fuel may only be able to fulfil 69% of the energy required from its waste conversion to energy, while utilizing the mix of 20% coal in the pellet fuel can meet all its energy demand.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2015 International Academy of Arts, Science and Technology.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 01:08
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: cotton gin waste, charcoal, co-gasification,thermodynamic equilibrium.
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27793

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