Gasification of Almond Shells for Production of Hydrogen Rich Syngas in a 200 kWth Pilot Plant

N. Cerone, E. Alvino, O. Carnevale, G. Canneto, L. Contuzzi, V. Valerio, A. Villone & F. Zimbardi
Autothermal gasification was carried out to evaluate the performance and the flexibility of a pilot plant based on an updraft gasifier and a gas cleaning section coupled with a section for hydrogen enrichment. The tests were performed by feeding the gasifier with almond shells and using a steam/air mix as gasification medium. The main operating parameters, such as process flow rates, temperature profile along the reactor, temperature and pressure control throughout the downstream piping, were...