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Voltage-Enhanced Processing of Biomass and Biochar

Gerardo Diaz
Gerardo Diaz
University of California, Merced, California, USA
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One approach for utilizing plasma for the means of gasifying coal, municipal solid waste, or biomass is by using energy-intensive thermal plasma torches which operate at high temperatures and produce a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from the conversion of the feedstock. Although this application is relatively new (Leal-Quiros, 2004, Shie et al., 2008, Matveev et al., 2013), the topic has been attracting significant attention in recent decades. Van Oost et al. (2009) used a low flow rate DC plasma torch with water stabilized arc to analyze the thermal decomposition of crushed wood. Fractions of hydrogen and carbon monoxide of the order...

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