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    Coupling of Biomass Gasification and SOFC – Gas Turbine Hybrid System for Small Scale Cogeneration Applications☆

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    Abstract In this study the performances of small cogeneration power plants fed by biomass and based on conventional and advanced technologies are presented. Three system configurations have been considered and analyzed. They are characterized by: a) a biomass gasification (G) unit, based on down-draft technology; b) a power unit, based on the SOFC technology or on the micro gas turbine (MGT) technology or on a hybrid configuration SOFC-MGT; c) a thermal recovery unit. The energy analysis of the proposed power plants has been conducted by using thermochemical/thermodynamic models able to study the integrated systems and each unit in terms of operating and performance parameters

    Phosphoric acid doped polysulfone membranes with aminopyridine pendant groups and imidazole cross-links

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    Udel polysulfone based membranes with 4-aminopyridine pendant groups and cross-linking imidazole units are synthesized in a simple two step reaction. The ratio of 4-aminopyridine and imidazole is varied and the materials are extensively characterized. The average phosphoric acid uptake (in 85 wt% PA) ranges between 90 wt% and 452 wt% depending on the ratio of 4-aminopyridine and imidazole and the membranes show good proton conductivity of up to 65 mS cm-1 at 160 °C under non-humidified conditions. The applicability of these materials as a polymer electrolyte membrane was proven by single cell tests at 130 °C. The relationships between PA uptake, chemical composition and mechanical stability are reported. Proton conductivity and mechanical properties only depend on the phosphoric acid content, which, however is a function of the chemical composition

    Highly selective PtCo bimetallic nanoparticles on silica for continuous production of hydrogen from aqueous phase reforming of xylose

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    Hydrogen (H2) is a promising energy vector for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Lignocellulosic biomass waste has been introduced as one of the abundant and carbon-neutral H2 sources. Among those, xylose with its short carbon chain has emerged attractive, where H2 can be catalytically released in an aqueous reactor. In this study, a composite catalyst system consisting of silica (SiO2)-supported platinum (Pt)-cobalt (Co) bimetallic nanoparticles was developed for aqueous phase reforming of xylose conducted at 225 °C and 29.3 bar. The PtCo/SiO2 catalyst showed a significantly higher H2 production rate and selectivity than that of Pt/SiO2, whereas Co/SiO2 shows no activity in H2 production. The highest selectivity for useful liquid byproducts was obtained with PtCo/SiO2. Moreover, CO2 emissions throughout the reaction were reduced compared to those of monometallic Pt/SiO2. The PtCo bimetallic nanocatalyst offers an inexpensive, sustainable, and durable solution with high chemical selectivity for scalable reforming of hard-to-ferment pentose sugars
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