Design and Integration of Bio-Oil Co-Processing with Vacuum Gas Oil in a Refinery
Wu, Le
Wang, Jing
Shi, Meirong
Wang, Yuqi
Zheng, Lan
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Wu L., Wang J., Shi M., Wang Y., Zheng L., 2019, Design and Integration of Bio-Oil Co-Processing with Vacuum Gas Oil in a Refinery, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 76, 1171-1176.
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Due to the climate change and the strong dependence on fossil fuels, biomass-derived liquid transportation fuels and energy products have been proposed to deal with such situations. Usually, the prices of the bio-diesel and bio-gasoline are much higher than those of fossil fuels. The co-processing of bio-oil and vacuum gas oil (VGO) in a fluid catalytic cracker of a refinery has been proposed to utilize the existing refinery infrastructures and decrease the prices of bio-fuels. However, the integration between the bio-oil production and the existing refinery is not clear. In this work, a superstructure model is built to design and optimize the co-processing process with minimum total annual cost which features to select the optimal bio-oil production technology (fast pyrolysis or catalytic pyrolysis) and obtain the optimal integration scheme. Furthermore, the impacts of the prices of biomass and hydrogen, the bio-oil co-processing ratio on the economics of the co-processing system are also investigated. The optimal integration scheme of the co-processing of bio-oil and VGO can be obtained by solving the proposed model.
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