Bioenergy Resources in Switzerland: Drivers and Projections until 2050

In the energy sector, decisions and technology implementations often necessitate a mid- to long-term perspective. Thus, reliable assessments of future resource availability are needed to support the decision-making process. In Switzerland, similarly to other countries, only a limited part of the available wet biomass feedstock is currently used for anaerobic digestion. Understanding potential future trajectories…

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Nature of Synergy between Brønsted and Lewis Acid Sites in Sn–Beta Zeolites

The role of Lewis and Brønsted acid sites and their potential synergy remains ambiguous for the production of polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers (OME), which are suitable as a Diesel substitute. Here, this synergistic effect was investigated by using a series of beta polymorph A (BEA) zeolites with various degrees of Brønsted and Lewis acidity. Lewis acidity was introduced…

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Modelling and validation of biomass combustion in a screw burner

A combined 1D-fuel-bed and 3D-CFD model for the simulation of an innovative 35 kW screw burner has been developed and validated with experiments. The 1D-fuel-bed model is a further development of a previously presented walking column approach and accounts for the special transport conditions in a screw burner. A new reduced chemical mechanism…

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Scale-up methodology for automatic biomass furnaces

This work presents a methodology to perform the scale-up of a solid fuel furnace to a higher heat output with maintaining or improving the burn-out quality. As basis to derive the scale-up concept, an example of a 35 kW screw burner for biomass fuels is investigated. Based on the Pi-theorem, the relevant dimensionless parameters are derived and similarity rules for the…

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