Mitigating HCL Emissions from the Gasification of Corn Cobs Using Low Cost Fuel Additives: A Pilot Study

University of Minnesota, Morris/James Barbour

The objective of this project is to test the efficacy of three potential hydrochloric acid (HCL) mitigation agents (lime, kaolin and dolomite) at laboratory scale as a pilot project to guide the design of a fullscale test. The Minnesota Legislature has enacted a major Energy Future Bill that requires the study of biomass fuels, especially agricultural biomass, to displace a large amount of fossil fuels. Mitigation of HCL from corn cobs during gasification/combustion will increase the viability of corn cobs as a fuel and increase the potential marketability of this valuable corn residue.