CIESC Journal ›› 2020, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (10): 4773-4782.doi: 10.11949/0438-1157.20200879

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Treatment of biomass tar by CO2 plasma

Ming ZHANG(),Lehao LI,Rulong LI,Jianhua WU,Baogen SU,Guangdong WEN(),Qiwei YANG,Qilong REN   

  1. Key Laboratory of Biomass Chemical Engineering of Ministry of Education, College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang, China
  • Received:2020-07-03 Revised:2020-09-01 Online:2020-10-05 Published:2020-09-10
  • Contact: Guangdong WEN;


The tar produced in the process of biomass gasification would not only corrode the pipelines and equipment, but also reduce the efficiency of biomass gasification. Traditional methods, such as physical treatment and thermal cracking, have deficiencies which severely restrict their application. This article achieved efficient transformation (carbon yield >90%) from benzene and naphthalene, regarded as model compounds of biomass tar, to syngas using CO2 plasma on self-designed rotating arc plasma torch, proving the feasibility of CO2 plasma treatment of biomass tar. Further analysis on the composition of practical biomass tar and the investigation of biomass tar gasification were carried out. Water content in biomass tar could be used as gasification agent and control the H2/CO scale (0.3—1). The above results provide new ideas for the development of biomass tar harmlessness and resource utilization technology.

Key words: rotating arc plasma, biomass tar, gasification, carbon dioxide, syngas

CLC Number: 

  • TQ 039+.3


Operation system of 50 kW plasma torch"

Table 1

GC analyzing results of product gas"


Table 2

Effects of CO2 flow rate on benzene gasification"






Effects of CO2 flow rate on gas composition"


Effects of CO2 flow rate on SEC and X"

Table 3

Effects of input power on benzene gasification"

Input power/







Effects of input power on gas composition"


Effects of input power on SEC and X"


X for the gasification of benzene-naphthalene mixtures with different naphthalene mass fractions"


SEC for the gasification of benzene-naphthalene mixtures with different naphthalene mass fraction"


FTIR spectra of biomass tar"

Table 4

Identifiable component analysis of biomass tar by GC/MS"

No.Retention time/minRetention time ST/minCompoundMolecular formulaMole fraction/%


GC/MS total ion chromatogram of biomass tar"

Table 5

Effects of CO2 flow rate on the gasification of the mixture of biomass tar and benzene"






Effects of CO2 flow rate on the gasification of the mixture of biomass tar and benzene"

Table 6

Comparison of optimal gasification results among mixtures with different water contents"






CO and H2 concentration in product gas for the gasification of mixtures with different water contents"

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