Hydrothermal Torrefaction of High Moisture Content Biomass

There is a lot of potential for biofuel and bioenergy production from forests and agriculture residues. However, delivery cost of biomass to a conversion facility is high and have distinct economic and technological challenges. Pipeline transport of forest biomass in the form of slurry (a wood chip-water mixture), on the other hand, provides an alternative approach that enables bio-based energy facilities achieve higher capacities. Biomass transported through pipeline in the form of a slurry with water would have high moisture content. However, integrating pipeline delivery with efficient hydrothermal (HT) biomass processing technologies could transform the bioeconomy. HT processes uses biomass in the form of a slurry and produces liquid fuel/gas/solids which can be used for production of fuels and energy. HT processing is a state-of-the-art thermochemical conversion using biomass feedstock with high moisture content (60-80%) especially in slurry form. This conversion process converts biomass into useful solid product with high calorific value and very low moisture content which can be for producing fuels and electricity. This integration of technologies can help in producing biofuel and power at significantly lower cost. This project is aimed at developing a transformative solution through integration of the pipeline transport of biomass with HT processing technologies. Pipeline transport helps in reducing the transportation cost compared to truck and rails and HT technologies help in processing biomass with high moisture content. Hence marrying these two technologies could be transformative and help in solving key challenges in development of a bioeconomy in Canada. 

Investigating the mechanics of agricultural residue biomass-water mixtures flows while hydro-transporting in vertical pipes

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

A consequential life cycle assessment of biofuel production on transportation sector

Amit Kumar, Nafisa Mahbub, Eskinder Gemechu

Conference/Workshop

Can we marry pipeline transportation with hydrothermal processing?

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Adetoyese Oyedun, Mayank Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

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Comparative assessment of pipeline hydro-transport of biomass feedstock – an overview of 8 years experimental and techno-economic studies

Amit Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Comparison of vertical hydro-transport of lignocellulosic biomass with conventional solids

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Vinoj Kurian, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Experimental investigation of agricultural residue biomass-water slurry flows in inclined and vertical pipelines

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Vinoj Kurian

Conference/Workshop

Hydrothermal Torrefaction of High Moisture Content Biomass

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Mahdi Vaezi

Event

Hydrothermal treatment of biomass to produce biofuels

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Deepak Pudasainee, Ankit Mathanker

Conference/Workshop

Integration of large-scale biomass supply through pipeline for scale-up of biomass processing

Amit Kumar

Conference/Workshop

Integration of pipeline hydro-transport and hydrothermal conversion technologies to produce biofuels

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Kashif Javed, Mahdi Vaezi, Deepak Pudasainee, Ankit Mathanker

Conference/Workshop

Investigating the mechanics of agricultural residue biomass-water mixtures flows while hydro-transporting in vertical pipes

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Large scale pipeline hydrotransport of biomass feedstock to bio-based energy facilities

Amit Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Measuring agricultural residue and woodchips biomass slurry flows critical velocity in pipelines using high-frequency impedancemetry approach

Amit Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Parametric study of hydrothermal treatment of biomass to produce biofuels

Amit Kumar, Deepak Pudasainee, Ankit Mathanker

Conference/Workshop

Pipeline hydro transport of wheat straw biomass in vertical pipes

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Techno-economic assessment of bio-coal production through wet and dry torrefaction processes of different biomass feedstocks

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

Conference/Workshop

Techno-economic assessment of pipeline hydro-transport vs. truck delivery of forest residue biomass to a bio-based energy facility based on experimental measurements

Amit Kumar, Kashif Javed, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Techno-economic assessment of pipeline hydro-transport vs. truck delivery of forest residue biomass to a bio-based energy facility based on experimental measurements

Amit Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

Conference/Workshop

Unleasing Canada’s Biomass Energy Potential

Amit Kumar, David Bressler, Marty Luckert

Conference/Workshop

Sadler Graduate Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

Amit Kumar, Mayank Kumar

Award

The ConocoPhillips Canada Limited Graduate Scholarship in Hydrocarbon Development

Amit Kumar, Mayank Kumar

Award

Application of high-frequency impedancemetry approach in measuring the critical velocities of biomass and sand slurry flows in pipelines

Amit Kumar, Mahdi Vaezi

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Comparative energy and techno-economic analyses of two different configurations for hydrothermal carbonization of yard waste

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Hydrothermal liquefaction of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock to produce biofuels: parametric study and products characterization

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Deepak Pudasainee, Ankit Mathanker

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Kumar M, Oyedun AO, Kumar A. A review on the current status of various hydrothermal technologies on biomass feedstock, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, 81 (2): 1742-1770.

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Mayank Kumar

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Life cycle assessment to evaluate environmental performance of thermochemical processing of biomass

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Eskinder Gemechu

Book Chapter

Techno-economic assessment of wet and dry torrefaction of biomass feedstock

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

Scholarly Refereed Journal

The development of a cost model for two supply chain networks of the decentralized pyrolysis system to produce bio-oil

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

Scholarly Refereed Journal