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Analysis and characterisation of liquids from fast pyrolysis processes is an important area of research. Data on the physical and chemical properties of the liquids may give important indications about process parameters, quality, toxicity and stability of the pyrolysis liquids. Based on the growing interest in the utilisation of pyrolysis liquids as fuel for heat and power production as well as a source for chemicals, several analytical methods have been applied and modified to meet the special requirements of pyrolysis liquids. This paper will describe new achievements and developments in the physical and chemical characterisation of pyrolysis liquids. Two international working groups, Pyrolysis Network for Europe (PyNE) and the IEA activity on pyrolysis (PYRA) are currently active in reviewing, assessing, harmonising and developing standard procedures for pyrolysis liquids analysis. These activities will be presented and discussed.

The unusual characteristics of pyrolysis liquids will be noted with respect to their physical properties and, where relevant, data presented. Most standard test methods for conventional fuel oils may be applied to fast pyrolysis liquids, although there are modifications to some tests and new tests require development in some areas.

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Authors: MEIER D, Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products, Institute for Wood Chemistry and Chemical Technology of Wood, Hamburg (DE);OASMAA A, VTT Energy, Espoo (FI);PEACOCKE G V C, 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
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ISBN: 1-872691-07-2
Record Number: 200215501 / Last updated on: 2002-11-11
Original language: en
Available languages: en