Co-hydrothermal carbonization of polyvinyl chloride and corncob for clean solid fuel production

Catégorie : Valorisation Energétique des Déchets Plastiques
Date :9 octobre 2020
Lu, Xiaoluan; Ma, Xiaoqian; Chen, Xinfei; Yao, Zhongliang; Zhang, Chaoyue.
Bioresource technology : 301, 122763.
The improvement of dechlorination efficiency remains an important challenge during co-hydrothermal carbonization (co-HTC) of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In this work, co-HTC of biomass and PVC at different mixing ratios (30%-70%) and feed-water pH (3-11) was proposed to further improve the dechlorination efficiency. In terms of water solvent, the dechlorination efficiency of co-HTC process (87.83%-93.63%) was higher than that of individual HTC of polyvinyl chloride (87.44%). In case of organic acid/alkali solvents, the dechlorination efficiency further increased to 95.20% at pH = 5. Particularly, the hydrochars derived from co-HTC showed high fuel ratio (0.71-0.99) and their higher heating value reached approximately 29.16-32.83 MJ/kg. The TGA results showed that the combustion behaviors of hydrochars derived from co-HTC got better compared with that of hydrochar derived from PVC. Therefore, co-HTC can realize sustainable utilization of PVC towards clean solid fuels. This work also sheds light on the potential of organic acid in dechlorination treatment.