Biomass Pyrolysis Comes of Age

By Dr. Lorenz Bauer, Lee Enterprises Consulting After many years of development biomass pyrolysis is finally maturing as a commercial technology.  Pyrolysis is not incineration.  The goal is to use heat in the absence of oxygen to convert the biomass to a more useful form while preserving as much of the carbon as possible.  The water…

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Lignins

Lignins are natural polymers that give the cell walls of plants their strength, have been called some nasty names: an “ugly, unwieldy molecule,” ornery, tough, and uncooperative.  But lignin experts say the unloved, but abundant, substance, is coming into its own as a sustainable and effective alternative to fossil fuels. The second most abundant polymer in…

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Biomass Pyrolysis

In countries around the globe, biomass pyrolysis is increasingly being used to convert useless waste into useful fuel and other materials. Pyrolysis of biomass—an ancient technique that applies high heat to organic materials, decomposing them into something else entirely (such as the charred wood that various civilizations have created and utilized over the centuries)—has in…

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Pyrolysis Processes

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,…

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Bio-Oil

  Bio-Oil is a generic term for a complex mixture of chemicals obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass including lignocellulose agricultural wastes and wood products.  The composition of the oil can vary significantly depending on the biomass source, pretreatment, the method of pyrolysis, and the use of catalysts.  Bio-oil typically contains significant amounts of…

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Biomass & Non Recyclable Plastics to Liquid Fuels

This is a PowerPoint by former Lee Enterprises Expert, Dr.  Lorenz Bauer (dec’d), about creating liquid fuels from biomass and non-recyclable plastics.  It discussed overflowing the world’s overflowing landfills, plastics in the ocean, and how co-processing plastics and biomass waste may be part of the solution.  It discusses pyrolysis and gasification technologies, wastewater treatment, woody…

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Bio-Oil Experts

Renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc., have experts in many different specialties within the bioeconomy, including bio-oils.  These alternative energy and energy consulting groups and their consultants have expertise in renewable fuels (ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and synthetic diesel), renewable chemicals, renewable electricity, biomass energy, synthetic biology, biomass technologies (conventional and…

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Bioenergy: An Overview

Bioenergy is type of renewable energy created from natural, biological sources, which is used to produce transportation fuels, heat, electricity, and products.  Biofuels like ethanol, biodiesel, green diesel (derived from algae and other plant sources), and biogas (a methane derived from animal manure and other digested organic material) are examples of bioenergy.  Practically speaking, bioenergy…

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