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The heatpipe reformer Concept

The Biomass Heatpipe Reformer is a newly developed gasification system, which enables to produce medium calorific, hydrogen rich fuel gases from any biomass or waste. Its design focuses on small-scale combined heat and power systems (CHP-systems) with hot gas cleaning and microturbines.

Hot gas cleaning is the simplest measure to solve the tar problem but it demands the application of microturbines or high temperature fuel cells. Hot gas cleaning will not only avoid the condensation of tars it will also allow to reduce the dimensions of any gasifier. Accepting higher tar concentrations allows reducing the height of the reactor and reduces the necessity for costly catalysts.

The required heating values for microturbines and fuel cells are only achievable by means of allothermal gasification in fluidised bed gasifiers. The new concept – indirectly heating of a gasifier by means of high temperature heat pipes - improves the performance of allothermal gasifiers significantly and will therefore be a key technology basic for small-scale CHP systems with integrated gasification.

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Technical University Munich
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