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BIOMASS GASIFICATION FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION – PROCESS DESCRIPTION AND RESEARCH NEEDS
by
Suresh P. Babu, Ph.D.,
IEA Thermal Gasification Task Leader
Gas Technology Institute, 1700 South Mount Prospect Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018-1804, U.S.A.
(e-mail: suresh.babu@gastechnology.org)

INTRODUCTION
Renewable biomass and biomass-derived fuels could be readily gasified to produce a hydrogen-rich gas or hydrogen. Among the biomass energy conversion schemes gasification produces a product gas, which based on its properties could be used either to co-produce value-added byproducts or hydrogen. As a readily renewable fuel, biomass may become a significant component in the global sustainable energy mix as fossil fuel resources begin to deplete. In addition, biomass utilization can expedite mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration cycles and promote “green” industries with associated growth in rural economies. Hydrogen or hydrogen-rich gas produced from biomass could be readily used in most of the present natural gas or petroleum derived hydrogen energy conversion devices and also in advanced systems such as fuel cells.

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