Chemical Engineering & Technology

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Online ISSN: 1521-4125

Associated Title(s): Chemie Ingenieur Technik, ChemBioEng Reviews, Energy Technology

Editors' Choice

Every month, the Editors select two papers referring to current discussions in the scientific, public and economic communities and in view of the potential for further developments. The papers are freely accessible for one month.

Slurry Bubble Column Reactor for the Production of Biofuels

April 14, 2015


The increasing interest in renewable fuels has drawn more attention to the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from biomass via the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The concept of utilizing biomass as raw material for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis gives the process an environmental argument. The use of biomass requires modifications in the front end of the process chain as the biomass has different properties than coal and natural gas. Camilla Vik et al. model a slurry bubble column under industrial conditions. The focus of their work is to highlight the particularities of feeding the Fischer-Tropsch reactor with synthesis gas produced from biomass compared to that of coal and natural gas. Furthermore, the effect of an increased CO2 amount in the feed is discussed. A population balance framework allowing for direct calculation of the gas-liquid interfacial area from the number density function is employed and the effects of fuel type and CO2 content on the bubble size distribution and gas-liquid interfacial area are presented.

Camilla Berge Vik, Jannike Solsvik, Magne Hillestad, and Hugo A. Jakobsen
Modeling of a Slurry Bubble Column Reactor for the Production of Biofuels via the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
Chem. Eng. Technol. 2015, 38 (4), 690–700.
DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201400647