A wide variety of materials are being used in pyrolysis processes, and experts believe this is a technology that will continue to experience more and more innovations and growth. Pyrolysis, which uses high heat to convert one product into another, utilizes low-value materials such as agricultural waste, forestry byproducts, and burned trees to produce bio-oil, syngas, char, and wood alcohol. Power production is the main application but agricultural uses and chemical production are growing in importance.
The interest in pyrolysis processes is evident from the more than 1,000 projects of various sizes that have been reported in the last 15 years, according to says Lorenz Bauer, a renowned expert in pyrolysis and one of the 100 experts affiliated with Lee Enterprises Consulting. Although some of those projects are no longer active, many are still operating. “Interest in new plants and technologies continues,” Bauer says, and many companies, municipalities, and organizations are exploring using pyrolysis to convert an ever-broadening number of products into useful fuel and materials.The question of making pyrolysis technologies and projects profitable and sustainable continues to be an open one. There are many variables. Production costs depend on local availability of the products to undergo the process and the cost of them. This, Bauer says, can make smaller-scale mobile units especially attractive. But under the right conditions, biomass pyrolysis can boost the economies of rural areas. Moreover, increasing restrictions on landfill policies in urban areas can tip the economic scales in favor of biomass pyrolysis. Still, the greatest source of interest in the technology relates to reducing the use of fossil fuels, Bauer says.
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