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Over the years, bio-oils generated in different pyrolysis units from various biomass feedstocks have been analysed, characterised, and tested for fuel applications. Combustion tests were performed by research institutions and utility companies using different scale burners and engines. These tests have demonstrated that the bio-oils could be used as a conventional fuel oil substitute. At present, several fast pyrolysis technologies have reached near commercial status. However, the tests also revealed several challenges in such applications resulting from the unique properties of bio-oils. This paper reviews the work that has been done up to date on improving these undesired properties and upgrading the quality of bio-oils as fuels.

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Authors: CZERNIK S, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden (US);MAGGI R, Université Catholique de Louvain (BE);PEACOCKE G V C, Conversion and Resource Evaluation Ltd, Birmingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: A chapter in "Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: a handbook, Volume 2", CPL Press, 2002, pp.141-145. 95 pounds sterling
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ISBN: ISBN: 1-872691-47-1
Record Number: 200215482 / Last updated on: 2002-11-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en