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The objective of this paper is to provide a brief overview for the fast pyrolysis of biomass for the production of liquid fuels. The basic concepts are described that pertain to the realisation of fast pyrolysis in research, bench, and pilot scales. A description of the products and potential uses is included. This paper serves as an introduction for many of the following papers related to pyrolysis and provides representative references for further study.

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Authors: DIEBOLD J P, Biomass Thermochemical Conversion Consultant, Thermalchemie Inc., Lakewood (US);BRIDGWATER A V, Bio-Energy Research Group, Aston University, Birmingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: A chapter in "Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: a handbook, Volume 1", EUR 18913. CPL Press, 1999. 194pp. 35 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:
ISBN: 1-872691-07-2
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