Thermochemical recovery of heat contained in flue gases by means of bioethanol conversion

D. I. Pashchenko*

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In the present paper consideration is being given to the use of bioethanol in the schemes of thermochemical recovery of heat contained in exit flue gases. Schematic diagrams illustrate the realization of thermochemical heat recovery by implementing ethanol steam conversion and conversion of ethanol by means of products of its complete combustion. The feasibility of attaining a high degree of recovery of heat contained in flue gases at the moderate temperature (up to 450 C) of combustion components is demonstrated in the example of the energy balance of the system for thermochemical heat recovery. The simplified thermodynamic analysis of the process of ethanol steam conversion was carried out in order to determine possible ranges of variation of process variables (temperature, pressure, composition) of a reaction mixture providing the efficient heat utilization. It was found that at the temperature above 600 K the degree of ethanol conversion is near unity. The equilibrium composition of products of reaction of ethanol steam conversion has been identified for different temperatures at which the process occurs at the ratio H 2O/EtOH = 1 and at the pressure of 0.1 MPa. The obtained results of calculation agree well with the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-443
Number of pages6
JournalThermal Engineering (English translation of Teploenergetika)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • biofuel
  • degree of conversion
  • energy efficiency
  • ethanol
  • heat transformation
  • renewable energy sources
  • thermochemical heat recovery


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