Upgrading biomass fast pyrolysis liquids

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A comprehensive examination is made of the characteristics and quality requirements of bio-oil from fast pyrolysis of biomass. An appreciation of the potential for bio-oil to meet a broad spectrum of applications in renewable energy has led to a significantly increased R&D activity that has focused on addressing liquid quality issues both for direct use for heat and power and indirect use for biofuels and green chemicals. This increased activity is evident in North America, Europe, and Asia with many new entrants as well as expansion of existing activities. The only disappointment is the more limited industrial development and also deployment of fast pyrolysis processes that are necessary to provide the basic bio-oil raw material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
Issue number2
Early online date5 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
EventInternational Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science - Chicago, United States
Duration: 27 Sept 201130 Sept 2011


  • fast pyrolysis
  • bio-oil
  • upgrading


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