Chemical Looping Tar reforming with Fe,Sr-doped La2Zr2O7 pyrochlore supported on ZrO2
Journal article, 2018

Chemical Looping Reforming (CLR) has been proposed as a new technology for tar removal from hot raw gas derived from biomass gasification. In this two-reactor fluidized bed process at atmospheric pressure, the bed material is circulating between a reformer, in which the bed material is in contact with the raw synthesis gas, and a regenerator, in which the bed material is regenerated by oxidizing coke deposits and sulfides with air. In this study Fe,Sr-doped La 2 Zr 2 O 7 pyrochlores supported on ZrO 2 with different Fe and Sr loadings were investigated for their use as a catalyst in CLR. By decreasing the Fe loading to Fe/La = 0.25 the benzene-to-syngas conversion could be improved by about 50% at T = 800 °C in comparison with the reference material with Fe/La = 1.25. With this material, benzene and ethylene conversion could be further improved by co-feeding O 2 with the gasification gas, achieving a benzene conversion of up to 80% and an ethylene conversion of about 95% at a temperature of 850 °C and a Gas Hourly Space Velocity of 6800 h −1 . The performance of the bed material was found stable over at least 3 redox cycles. Considering the expected lower costs and non-toxicity of this material compared to precious metal- and Nickel-containing catalysts, normally used in fixed-bed systems, it is a promising material for a fluidized CLR system for tar removal.


Tar reforming


Chemical-looping reforming


Fluidized bed


Martin Keller

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material, Environmental Inorganic Chemistry

David Philip Anderson

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Applied Surface Chemistry

Henrik Leion

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material, Environmental Inorganic Chemistry 2

Tobias Mattisson

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

Applied Catalysis A: General

0926-860X (ISSN) 1873-3875 (eISSN)

Vol. 550 105-112

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Chemical Process Engineering

Other Chemical Engineering




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