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Characterization from tree biomass to use as solid biofuel

Grant number: 14/26703-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Forestry Resources and Forestry Engineering - Forest Biomass Energy
Principal Investigator:Leandro Cardoso de Morais
Grantee:Christiano Bruneli Peres
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Sorocaba. Sorocaba , SP, Brazil


This project versa on the knowledge of biomass as an energy source, in a country where the energy deficit is high, and so is total convenience to use alternative energy sources. The objective of this study is to characterize the dried bark of Araucaria angustifolia and pyrolysed, also known as Brazilian pine, using techniques of thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphological analysis. By means of a thermal analysis, it may be remarked in A. angustifolia thermal effects in the presence of air and nitrogen to a dried sample and pyrolyzed at 500°C. It will also be measured the lower heating value (LHV).

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