This study deals with the conversion of waste wood into solid fuel charcoal. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses techniques are used to investigate the kinetics of thermochemical conversion of waste wood. The thermal degradation characteristics and the kinetic parameters (order of reaction, activation energy and pre-exponential factor) are determined at different heating rates using TG/DTA curves. The decomposition of the components could be modeled by an Arrhenius kinetic expression. The kinetic parameters are determined from the thermogravimetric data by a least square technique. The order of reaction and activation of energy vary from 0.41 to 0.52 and 10.86 to 15.10 kJ/mole respectively. Finally attempts are taken to produce charcoal from the waste wood and the charcoals are characterized in respect of yield, electrical conductivity, ESCA (electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis), XRD (x-ray diffraction) and ignition characteristics.

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