Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass Using Concentrated Solar Radiation
Concerns about climate change and rising petroleum fuel prices have sparked the need for research in alternative energy sources. Pyrolysis is a high temperature reaction (300-700°C) that occurs in the absence of oxygen and reduces biomass to char, gases and bio-oil Fast pyrolysis occurs at high heating rates and results in a high yield of bio-oil. This produce bio-oil has the potential to be used as an alternative transportation fuel source. The use of concentrated solar radiation as a heat source for the pyrolysis reaction further increases its appeal as a viable energy alternative for the ...
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