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High liquid yields (generally referred to as oils) can be obtained by means of simple wood pyrolysis processes. These oils are not of good quality and can only replace very heavy fossil-derived fuels whose market is shrinking for environmental reasons. This report examines recent research work on the upgrading of biomass-derived pyrolysis products. The two methods concerned are low-pressure zeolite upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapours and high pressure upgrading using a hydrotreatment catalyst. Recommendations for future work are listed. It is concluded that the construction of a hydrotreatment pilot plant on the site of a petroleum refinery may solve the majority of problems such as the production of high quantities of hydrogen.

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Authors: CHURIN E, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12480 EN (1990) 40 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 5
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