Background and activities
Dr. María Victoria Gil Matellanes works in the project “Integrated H2BioOil process for efficient biofuel production”, funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) through the ENERGIX programme. The growing global concern about climate change and CO2 emissions to the atmosphere requires the research and development of new energy generation technologies from renewable sources, such as biomass. The aim of this project is to provide experimental proof of an integrated process for sustainable production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass, which includes fast-hydropyrolysis of biomass for producing hydrogen and catalytic hydrodeoxygenation to produce hydrocarbon products. The system is integrated with pressure swing sorption enhanced steam reforming (SESR) of the byproducts from the process to produce hydrogen. In the SESR process, a high-temperature CO2 sorbent, Arctic dolomite, is incorporated into the catalyst bed to in situ remove the carbon dioxide from the gaseous phase. Hence, the thermodynamic equilibrium limits of the reversible reforming and water gas shift (WGS) reactions are shifted towards the hydrogen production, so a high hydrogen conversion can be obtained in a single step. Thus, the process shows a high fuel yield and energy efficiency, and it represents a fully sustainable system of hydrogen generation from biomass.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2016) Dynamic Performance of Biomass-Based Carbons for CO2/CH4 Separation. Approximation to a Pressure Swing Adsorption Process for Biogas Upgrading. Energy & Fuels. vol. 30 (6).
- (2016) Effect of operating conditions on the sorption enhanced steam reforming of blends of acetic acid and acetone as bio-oil model compounds. Applied Energy. vol. 177.
- (2016) Production of fuel-cell grade H2 by sorption enhanced steam reforming of acetic acid as a model compound of biomass-derived bio-oil. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. vol. 184.
- (2015) H2 production by sorption enhanced steam reforming of biomass-derived bio-oil in a fluidized bed reactor: An assessment of the effect of operation variables using response surface methodology. Catalysis Today. vol. 242.