Material and Energy Balances for Methanol from Biomass Using Biomass Gasifiers

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The objective of the Biomass to Methanol Systems Analysis Project is the determination of the most economically optimum combination of unit operations which will make the production of methanol from biomass competitive with or more economic than traditional processes with conventional fossil fuel feedstocks. This report summarizes the development of simulation models for methanol production basedupon the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT) 'Renugas' gasifier and the Battelle Columbus Laboratory (BCL) gasifier. This report discusses methanol production technology, the IGT and BCL gasifiers, analysis of gasifier data for gasification of wood, methanol production material and energy balance simulations, and one case study based upon each of the gasifiers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages136
StatePublished - 1992

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-510-17098


  • biomass
  • biomass gasifiers
  • biomass to methanol
  • methanol
  • simulation models


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