Ceramic filters containing commercial catalysts for tar and methane steam reforming produced by steam gasification of biomassName : Dr. Sergio Rapagna
Affliation : Professor
University : University of Teramo
Country : Italy
Nowadays biomasses account for more than 35% of the primary energy consumption in the development countries. Due to the fact that, it is estimated that in the near future, most of the world population will live in these countries, biomasses will be one of the main renewable energy sources of the future. To avoid transportation cost of the biomasses, it is preferable to utilize small transformation plants able to be fuelled with biomasses produced around them. Fluidised bed reactor should be the best solution to transform biomasses having different physical properties in a energy vector, due to its possibility to operate continuously, at high temperatures, and to utilize catalysts into the reactor and outside it to drastically reduce tar, NH3 etc. in the product gas.
After the Laurea degree in Chemical Engineering obtained at the University of L'Aquila, he spent several years at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering of the University College London, at the "Laser Centre" of "The Welding Institute" at Cambridge (GB) and at the Ecole Europeenne des Hautes Etudes des Industries Chimiques de Strasbourg. From this last institution he awarded the European PhD in Chemistry. The main aim of the research activities is to promote the use of biomasse and agricultural residue as an alternative renewable energy sources to produce electricity, hydrogen and syn-gas.