Co-firing of rice husk for electricity generation in Malaysia

Lee, Ven Han (2004) Co-firing of rice husk for electricity generation in Malaysia. [USQ Project]


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The threat of increased global warming has subjected the usage of fossil to be further
researched for better alternatives. As a result, the utilisation of renewable and
sustainable energy resources, such as biomass, for electricity production has become
increasingly attractive. Co-firing biomass with low percentages in coal fired power
plants will enable the use of sustainable fuels for power production without large
investments. Co-firing can be seen as a method to mitigate the emissions of CO2 as the
amount of CO2 released from combustion is equal to the amount consumed during plant
This dissertation, looks into the utilisation of rice husk as a source of renewable and
sustainable energy source for co-firing in coal power plants in Malaysia through the
feasibility of the rice husk as a fuel, the combustion technology options for co-firing,
and the fuel blend suitable for co-firing in local coal fired power plants.
In order to achieve the research area, modelling of the combustion of both coal and a
blend of coal and rice husk was done. It was found that the rice husk and coal blend was
able to produce the same temperature needed to produce the steam quality as specified
by a coal power plant in Malaysia while reducing the amount of nitrogen and carbon
dioxide concentration.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: rice husk co-firing, Malaysia, alternative energy, power plant, coal firing, Fluent
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090405 Non-automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400402 Chemical and thermal processes in energy and combustion

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