Siloxanes removal from biogas by high surface area adsorbents

P. Gislon, S. Galli, G. Monteleone

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Biogas utilized for energy production needs to be free from organic silicon compounds, as their burning has damaging effects on turbines and engines; organic silicon compounds in the form of siloxanes can be found in biogas produced from urban wastes, due to their massive industrial use in synthetic product, such as cosmetics, detergents and paints. Siloxanes removal from biogas can be carried out by various methods (Mona, 2009; Ajhar et al., 2010 May; Schweigkofler and Niessner, 2001); aim of the present work is to find a single practical and economic way to drastically and simultaneously reduce both the hydrogen sulphide and the siloxanes concentration to less than 1ppm. Some commercial activated carbons previously selected (Monteleone et al., 2011) as being effective in hydrogen sulfide up taking have been tested in an adsorption measurement apparatus, by flowing the most volatile siloxane (hexamethyldisiloxane or L2) in a nitrogen stream, typically 100-200ppm L2 over N2, through an activated carbon powder bed; the adsorption process was analyzed by varying some experimental parameters (concentration, grain size, bed height). The best activated carbon shows an adsorption capacity of 0.1g L2 per gram of carbon. The next thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) confirms the capacity data obtained experimentally by the breakthrough curve tests. The capacity results depend on L2 concentration. A regenerative carbon process is then carried out by heating the carbon bed up to 200. °C and flushing out the adsorbed L2 samples in a nitrogen stream in a three step heating procedure up to 200. °C. The adsorption capacity is observed to degrade after cycling the samples through several adsorption-desorption cycles. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2687 - 2693
Number of pages7
JournalWaste Management
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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  • Waste Management and Disposal

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