GPT - Thermo-Chemical Processes Group Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón. Universidad de Zaragoza

Brief History of the Research at GPT

The research activity in the Thermochemical Processes Group is, evidently, focused in the study of processes involving chemical reactions and temperature. Since its foundation in 1983, GPT has developed great expertise in the thermochemical conversion and valorization of residues, particularly, lignocellulosic residues.

The first GPT studies were related to the thermal decomposition of lignocellulosic residues (see publications). Later on, relevant studies on biomass gasification were completed, including the scale-up to a pilot plant. In parallel, another research line was initiated, concerning the thermal degradation of several materials in air atmosphere or with different oxygen percentages. The latter evolved into different studies aiming at studying combustion kinetics in the gas phase, and elimination/reduction of pollutants and undesired species (NOx, hydrocarbons, etc.) in combustion reactions, including the development of kinetic models which explain the phenomena taking place.

Current Research Lines

Up to date, several major research lines are being carried out by the GPT. These lines are the following:
  • Pyrolysis and gasification [+]

  • Biofuels production (biodiesel, bio-hydrogen, bio-oil, bio-char, etc.) and conversion [+]

  • Elimination and valorization of industrial and agroforestry residues [+]

  • Detailed kinetic modeling for combustion processes [+]

  • Combustion and pollutant emissions (NOx, SOx, soot, …) reduction [+]

European Comission Brisk
The Thermochemical Processes Group (GPT) is partly funded by the EU's European Social Fund and by the Gobierno de Aragón (Aragonese government)
EU's European Social Fund Gobierno de Aragón