Revista Facultad de Ingeniería Universidad de Antioquia
versão impressa ISSN 0120-6230
Each day the energy systems relying on renewable resources are more relevant in the world energy politics due to the fossil energy and environmental crisis. These systems increase energy resources of countries, reduce the oil dependency, and diminish CO2 global emissions. Biomass is one of the renewable resources with higher potential in developing and developed countries. Biomass gasification has huge possibilities to be developed. Such as fixed bed gasifiers, or fluidized bed reactors with more technology demanding and more power capacity. Biomass transformation in a gaseous fuel to be used in a reciprocating internal combustion engine or gas turbines requires that biomass passes through several thermochemical stages. Endothermic reactions (drying, pyrolysis and reduction) and exothermic process (volatiles and carbon oxidation). To select a specific gasifier it is necessary to know biomass properties (chemical and physical), whereas to design a reactor it is necessary to know and understand the complete phenomena. The aim of this work is to show an actualized review about different theoretical and experimental approaches to study biomass gaification process in fixed and fluidized bed reactors in order to design biomass gasifiers.
Palavras-chave : Renewable energy; gasification; biomass; fixed bed; fluidized bed.