Estimation of a novel method to produce bio-oil from sewage sludge by microwave pyrolysis with the consideration of efficiency and safety. Journal Article uri icon



  • This paper presented a feasible method to produce bio-oil from sewage sludge by microwave pyrolysis. The results showed that oils derived under 400 W obtained an attractive yield (49.8 wt.%) with favorable characteristics such as high calorific value (35.0 MJ/kg), low density (929 kg/m3) and preferable chemical composition (29.5 wt.% of monoaromatics). A model to study the relationship between microwave power and mass balance of product fractions was developed, and the results indicated that the power range of the highest transforming efficiency for organics in sludge into oils was 400-600 W, the subsequent increase of power to the range of 600-800 W favored gases formation at the expense of oils, and increase of power to above 800 W led to the conversion of solids into gases, while oils remained unchanged. The analysis of sulfur and nitrogen compounds in oils showed that bio-oil should be extracted before being used as fuel.

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  • January 1, 2011

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  • Tian Y; Zuo W; Ren Z; Chen D

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