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Hydrothermal liquefaction

Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of sewage sludge takes place generally at temperatures of 250–400 °C and pressures above 40 bar. The primary end product formed from the generated condensable gases is a highly viscous liquid (a bio-oil) used as either a pure chemical feedstock or an additive in diesel fuels. HTL has been has been extensively investigated for ‘cleaner’ biomass feeds, and specifically microalgae, but is less well developed than hydrothermal carbonisation for sewage sludge applications.

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TerraNova® Ultra Hydrothermal Carbonization of Sewage Sludge Source: TerraNovaEnergy / YouTube

TerraNova® Ultra Hydrothermal Carbonization of Sewage Sludge

A video to demonstrate the principles of the TerraNova® Ultra Hydrothermal Carbonization of sewage sludge.


Hydrothermal liquefaction features and blogs

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Anaerobic digestion optimization through thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment

Pre-treatment of sludge by thermal hydrolysis upstream of anaerobic digestion is used to improve AD efficiency. A study looked at (pre-)commissioning data for a full-scale AD installation undergoing upgrading with TH to assess the basis for optimisation.

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