Pyrolysis of corn stalk biomass briquettes in a scaled-up microwave technology

Arshad Adam Salema, Muhammad T. Afzal, Lyes Bennamoun

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Pyrolysis of corn stalk biomass briquettes was carried out in a developed microwave (MW) reactor supplied with 2.45 GHz frequency using 3 kW power generator. MW power and biomass loading were the key parameters investigated in this study. Highest bio-oil, biochar, and gas yield of 19.6%, 41.1%, and 54.0% was achieved at different process condition. In terms of quality, biochar exhibited good heating value (32 MJ/kg) than bio-oil (2.47 MJ/kg). Bio-oil was also characterised chemically using FTIR and GC–MS method. This work may open new dimension towards development of large-scale MW pyrolysis technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-362
Number of pages10
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Biomass
  • Briquette
  • Microwave
  • Product
  • Pyrolysis
  • Yield and quality

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