(452e) Effect of Torrefaction on the Fast Pyrolysis Using Forest Resources

Meng, J., North Carolina State University
Tilotta, D., North Carolina State University
Park, S., North Carolina State University
Park, J., North Carolina State University

Bio-oil has a great potential for multiple uses including heat/electricity generation and chemical production. This thermochemical technology appears to be a practical, effective, and environmentally sustainable means of producing renewable fuels while simultaneously reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition, pyrolysis has a key advantage over biochemical methods in that it is less sensitive to variation in feedstocks, which makes supply-chain development less challenging. However, the quality of pyrolysis bio-oil is not sufficient to directly produce biofuels and chemicals due to high oxygen content, high acidity, and poor long-term stability. In this study, we investigated the potential of integrating fast pyrolysis with torrefaction to produce high quality bio-oil from forest resources. The benefits of this integration along with the preliminary experimental results will be discussed.