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Thermochemical conversion and characterization of cocoa pod husks a potential agricultural waste from Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Adjin-Tetteh, M.
dc.contributor.author Asiedu, N.
dc.contributor.author Dodoo-Arhin, D.
dc.contributor.author Karam, A.
dc.contributor.author Amaniampong, P.N.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-12T11:52:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-12T11:52:50Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.02.060
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/24091
dc.description.abstract Bio-Oils derived from biomass pyrolysis are promising feedstock for the direct production of valuable platform chemicals, fuels and energy from renewable and sustainable resources. Among the numerous technologies utilized for biomass pyrolysis, fast pyrolysis technologies are chosen for liquid products yield maximization, and characterized by short residence times for solids and vapors, operating temperatures in above ≥500 °C and very high heating rates. Inspired by the vast potential of biomass pyrolysis bio-oils, a thermochemical conversion (fast pyrolysis) and characterization of cocoa pod husks, an abundant agricultural biomass waste from Ghana, West Africa, has been investigated and their potential as renewable feedstock for the production of high-value added chemicals determined by analyzing chemical components of the derived bio-oil. GC–MS analysis of the bio-oil indicated that major constituents were 9, 12-octadecadienoic acid and hexadecanoic acid”. Product distributions revealed 58%wt. of bio-oil, 30%wt. of bio-char and 12%wt. of Non-condensable gas (obtained by difference). Ultimate, proximate, structural composition, calorific value and thermogravimetry analyses were also performed on the cocoa pod husks. Elemental analysis showed that the recovered milled cocoa pod husks contained about 7 elements potentially essential for plant growth. © 2018 Elsevier B.V. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V. en_US
dc.subject Bio-char en_US
dc.subject Bio-oil en_US
dc.subject Biomass en_US
dc.subject Cocoa pod husks en_US
dc.subject Pyrolysis en_US
dc.title Thermochemical conversion and characterization of cocoa pod husks a potential agricultural waste from Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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