Dishant Khatri

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Personal Profile: Dishant Khatri holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi. He joined Washington University in St. Louis and LACER in 2015. Previously, he was working as a process engineer in Fluor Daniel Pvt Ltd.

Research Profile: The transition to a society driven by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, tide, wave and geothermal energy cast a pressure on the countries all around the world to focus on their development. According to the World Energy Outlook, renewable energy sources are expected to be the fastest-growing energy sources. In this spectrum of several different energy sources, biomass is the only source that is based on sustainable carbon. In the recent years, co-firing of biomass in pulverized coal-fired power plants has shown potential with significant economic, environmental and social benefits. It promises a cost-effective and efficient way of reduction in CO2 emissions without high economic constraints; however, pretreatment is required to overcome problems associated with biomass storage and combustion.

Torrefaction is a technology which can improve biomass properties by thermally pretreating it and upgrading lignocellulosic biomass to a higher quality and more attractive biofuel. The main principle of torrefaction from a chemical point of view is the removal of oxygen with a final homogeneous solid product. His initial focus will involve investigating the impact of biomass feedstock related variation to torrefied biomass fuel properties and coal co-firing performance.