Rice husk (RH) and polystyrene (PS) wastes were converted into value-added products using microwave-assisted catalytic co-pyrolysis. The graphite susceptor (10 g) along with KOH catalyst (5 g) was mixed with the feedstock to understand the products and energy consumption. RH promoted the char yield (20–34 wt%) and gaseous yields (16–25 wt%) whereas PS enhanced the oil yield (23–70 wt%). Co-pyrolysis synergy induced an increase in gaseous yields (14–53 wt%) due to excessive cracking. The specific microwave energy consumption dramatically decreased in co-pyrolysis (5–22 kJ/g) compared to pyrolysis (56–102 kJ/g). The pyrolysis index increased (17–445) with the increase in feedstock quantity (5–50 g). The obtained oil was composed of monoaromatics (74%) and polyaromatics (18%). The char was rich in carbon content (79.5 wt%) and the gases were composed of CO (24%), H2 (12%), and CH4 (22%).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Waste Management and Disposal