Biomass gasification, catalytic technologies and energy integration for production of circular methanol: New horizons for industry decarbonisation


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognises the pivotal role of renewable energies in the future energy system and the achievement of the zero-emission target. The implementation of renewables should provide major opportunities and enable a more secure and decentralised energy supply system. Renewable fuels provide long-term solutions for the transport sector, particularly for applications where fuels with high energy density are required. In addition, it helps reducing the carbon footprint of these sectors in the long-term. Information on biomass characteristics feedstock is essential for scaling-up gasification from the laboratory to industrial-scale. This review deals with the transformation biogenic residues into a valuable bioenergy carrier like biomethanol as the liquid sunshine based on the combination of modified mature technologies such as gasification with other innovative solutions such as membranes and microchannel reactors. Tar abatement is a critical process in product gas upgrading since tars compromise downstream processes and equipment, for this, membrane technology for upgrading syngas quality is discussed in this paper. Microchannel reactor technology with the design of state-of-the-art multifunctional catalysts provides a path to develop decentralised biomethanol synthesis from biogenic residues. Finally, the development of a process chain for the production of (i) methanol as an intermediate energy carrier, (ii) electricity and (iii) heat for decentralised applications based on biomass feedstock flexible gasification, gas upgrading and methanol synthesis is analysed.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
Funding Information: The authors acknowledge the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidad and European Union –Next Generation EU for MZAMBRANO-2021-19889 and MS-2021-420 . Financial support for this work has been obtained from the Junta de Andalucía projects wi
Additional Information: Copyright © 2023, Elsevier. This accepted manuscript version is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biogenic residues,Biomethanol,Circular Economy,Gasification,Microreactors,Environmental Science(all),Environmental Engineering,Environmental Chemistry
Publication ISSN: 1001-0742
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2023 10:57
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Published Date: 2023-09-29
Published Online Date: 2023-09-29
Accepted Date: 2023-09-19
Authors: Bobadilla, L.F.
Azancot, L.
González-Castaño, M.
Ruíz-López, E.
Pastor-Pérez, L.
Durán-Olivencia, F.J.
Ye, R.
Chong, K.J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3800-8302)
Blanco-Sánchez, P.H. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9456-758X)
Wu, Z. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4934-8046)
Reina, T.R.
Odriozola, J.A.



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