Bio-char refineries: an accessible approach for the development of biomass-based industry
by Venelin Stamatov, Jose Dilcio Rocha
International Journal of Global Energy Issues (IJGEI), Vol. 27, No. 2, 2007

Abstract: Being a by-product of the well-established charcoal industry, slow pyrolysis bio-oil can be an excellent, cost-effective and renewable liquid fuel. However, even in Brazil, a country with a very clean energy profile and large-scale charcoal production, bio-oil is not properly utilised yet. A simple upgrade of traditional methods of charcoal production can significantly increase liquid fuel output. The concept of a bio-char-refinery, introduced in this paper, for production of charcoal, activated carbon, liquid fuel and variety of chemicals presents a possible approach for the development of biomass-based industry. Successful implementation of this concept could provide significant amounts of fuel and chemicals able to enhance economic development and reduce the consumption of petroleum derived products.

Online publication date: Thu, 10-May-2007

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