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Wood pyrolysis has a long history in Russia. At present, Russian wood pyrolysis plants are equipped with vertical continuous-action retorts, each with a capacity of 70,000m(3) of wood per year. All wood pyrolysis plants in the former Soviet Union have included full condensation of liquid products, with local automatic control systems at separate stages. A whole range of studies has been devoted to the investigation of the mechanism of thermal transformation of wood and its components, the improvement of pyrolysis technologies, obtaining of individual chemicals, as well as devising of new processes and equipment. The present review focuses mainly on the work of scientific institutes in St Petersburg, Nizhnij Novgorod, Krasnojarsk and Riga.

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Authors: DOBELE G, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, Riga (LV)
Bibliographic Reference: A chapter in "Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: a handbook, Volume 2", CPL Press, 2002, pp.147-204. 95 pounds sterling
Availability: Available from: CPL Press, Liberty House, The Enterprise Centre, New Greenham Park, Newbury, RG19 6HW, UK Tel: +44-1635-817408; Fax: +44-1635-817409 Email: Website:
ISBN: ISBN: 1-872691-47-1
Record Number: 200215483 / Last updated on: 2002-11-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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