Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Stockholm, Sweden


The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan,, KTH, Sweden, was founded in 1827 and is the largest of Sweden’s universities of technology. Education and research cover a broad spectrum – from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering as well as architecture, industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental engineering. Division of Energy and Furnace Technology - EFT( ) is the one of members of KTH-Energy centre, comprised a team of researchers and research students actively working in various aspects of energy conversion technologies in order to minimize the environmental impact. EFT has the experiences of European FP6 projects (SUSPOWER, BioFuelCell, etc).



Key Persons

Prof. Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Head of the Energy and Furnace Technology Division (EFT) of Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

His professional activities are focused on research on low-NOx combustion, design of high performance industrial furnaces, Oxy-fuel combustion and High Temperature Agent Gasification. Development of all these subjects was carried on in collaboration with partners from Europe, USA and Japan and has been commercialized by industry in Sweden and Poland. He has published more than hundred technical papers, worked as reviewer to international journals and conferences. He was supervisor of sixteen PhD thesis. He has managed many research and industrial projects financed by Swedish and European agencies and industries. His main industrial partners were always power and steel industries. In year 2005 he took also responsibility for business development of Nalco Mobotec focussing particularly on Poland. Application of modern combustion techniques into Power Plants of Poland allowed reduction of NOx and CO2 pollutants below limits defined by European directives. He was awarded with Gorge Westinghouse Gold Medal (ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for year 2010.

Weihong Yang, PhD, Associate Professor, Energy and Furnace Technology Division (EFT) of Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

He has published over 50 papers in international referred journals, and presented over 50 papers at international conferences, editor 2 books (chapters) published by CRC (one is ongoing). He also carried out and managed many research projects financed by Swedish and international agencies, including Swedish Research Council, Swedish Energy Agency, and the Swedish steel producer association-Jernkontoret, and EU, and in co-operation with European and Japanese industries. He own four PCT patents (including pending).

Recent Projects

  1. High temperature air/steam gasification
  2. Steam pyrolysis of Biomass for biooil production
  3. Steam explosion pellet from biomass
  4. Micro-reaction mechanisms: Investigation of high temperature steam gasification of biomass using Density Functional Theory
  5. CFD modelling for industrial furnace

Recent publications (2011 to 2012)

  1. Xiaolei Zhang, Weihong Yang, Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Thermal decomposition mechanism of levoglucosan during cellulose pyrolysis, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Available online 29 March 2012.
  2. Qinglin Zhang etc. Performance analysis of municipal solid waste gasification with steam in a Plasma Gasification Melting reactor, Applied Energy, Accepted 2012. 02
  3. Yunjuan Sun, Jianchun Jiang, Efthymios Kantarelis, Junming Xu, Linna Li, Shuheng Zhao, Weihong Yang, Development of a bimetallic dolomite based tar cracking catalyst, Catalysis Communications, Volume 20, 5 April 2012, Pages 36-40.
  4. Jun Li, Radosław Jankowski, Michał Kotecki, Weihong Yang, Dariusz Szewczyk, Artur Brzdekiewicz, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak, CFD Approach of Unburned Carbon Reduction in Pulverized Coal Boilers, Energy Fuels, Just Accepted, Publication Date (Web): December 27, 2011 (Article), DOI: 10.1021/ef201700a. Energy Fuels, 2012, 26 (2), pp 926–937
  5. Xiaolei Zhang, Weihong Yang, Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Kinetics of levoglucosan and formaldehyde formation during cellulose pyrolysis process Fuel 96 (2012) 383-391.
  6. Pawel J. Donaj, W. Kaminsky, F. Buzeto, W. Yang, Pyrolysis of polyolefins for increasing the yield of monomers’ recovery, Waste Management,. Volume 32, Issue 5, May 2012, Pages 840–846
  7. Qinglin Zhang, Liran Dor, Dikla Fenigshtein, Weihong Yang, Wlodzmierz Blasiak Gasification of Municipal Solid Waste in the Plasma Gasification and Melting Process, Accepted by Applied Energy, Volume 90, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 106-112
  8. Chunguang Zhou, Lan Zhang, Artur Swiderski, Weihong Yang, Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Study and development of a high temperature process of multi-reformation of CH4 with CO2 for remediation of greenhouse gas, Energy, Energy, Volume 36, Issue 9, September 2011, Pages 5450-5459.
  9. Qinglin Zhang, Liran Dor, Weihong Yang, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Eulerian Model for Municipal Solid Waste Gasification in a Fixed-Bed Plasma Gasification Melting Reactor, Energy Fuels, 2011, 25 (9), pp 4129–4137.
  10. Xiaolei Zhang, Jun Li, Weihong Yang, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Formation Mechanism of Levoglucosan and Formaldehyde during Cellulose Pyrolysis, Energy Fuels, 2011, 25 (8), pp 3739–3746.
  11. Xiaolei Zhang, Weihong Yang, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Modeling Study of Woody Biomass: Interactions of Cellulose, Hemicellulose, and Lignin, Energy Fuels, 2011, 25 (10), pp 4786–4795
  12. Pawel Donaj, Mohammad Reza Izadpanah, Weihong Yang, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Effect of Pressure Drop Due to Grate–Bed Resistance on the Performance of a Downdraft Gasifier, Energy Fuels, 2011, 25 (11), pp 5366–5377
  13. Aliaksandr Alevanau, Islam Ahmed, Ashwani K. Gupta, Weihong Yang, Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Parameters of high temperature steam gasification of original and pulverized wood pellets, Fuel Processing Technology, Volume 92, Issue 10, October 2011, Pages 2068-207.
  14. Amit Kumar Biswas*,Weihong Yang, and Wlodzimierz Blasiak,  Steam Pretreatment of Salix to upgrade biomass fuel for wood pellet production, Fuel Processing Technology, 2011, 92 (9), pg. 1711-1717.
  15. Amit Kumar Biswas, Weihong Yang, W. Blasiak, Change of pyrolysis characteristics and structure of woody biomass due to steam explosion pretreatment, Fuel Processing Technology 92 (2011) 1849–1854
  16. B. Danon, A. Swiderski, W. de Jong, W. Yang, D.J.E.M. Roekaerts, Emission and Efficiency comparison of different firing modes in a furnace with four HiTAC burners, accepted by Combustion Science and Technology, Volume 183, Number 7, July 2011 , pp. 686-703(18)
  17. Pawel Donaj, Weihong Yang, Wlodzimierz Blasiak, Christer Forsgren, Conversion of microwave pyrolysed ASR’s char using high temperature agents, Journal of Hazardous materials, Volume 185, Issue 1, 15 January 2011, Pages 472-481
  18. Lugano Wilson, Weihogn Yang, Wlodzimerz Blasiak, Geoffrey R. John, Cuthbert F. Mhilu, Thermal characterization of tropical biomass feedstocks, Energy Conversion and Management, 52 (2011), pp. 191 – 198.

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