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. This considers all aspects of the special characteristics of bio-oil – how they are created and the solutions available to help meet requirements for utilisation. Particular attention is paid to chemical and catalytic upgrading including synthesis gas and hydrogen production which has seen a wide range of new research activities and also more limited attention to chemicals recovery. 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
Title of host publicationThermochemical processing of biomass
Subtitle of host publicationConversion into fuels, chemicals and power
EditorsRobert C. Brown
Number of pages352
ISBN (Print)978-0-470-72111-7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Publication series

NameWiley Series in Renewable Resource

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  • biomass
  • pyrolysis liquids


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