Review of the Chemical Composition of Fast-Pyrolysis Oils from Biomass

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    As part of our thermochemical program for biofuels, power and chemicals from biomass we have undertaken a comprehensive review of the past literature on the detailed chemical composition of 'fast' or 'flash' pyrolysis oils produced under conditions that minimize secondary cracking. Such a review is complicated by the great variety of pyrolysis techniques and conditions used to produce the oils.In addition, almost every researcher in the past twenty years has used a different feedstock, the Canadian standard aspen being a notable exception. This paper will summarize our early findings, including a list of compounds reported, and their quantitation. Where quantitative yields are available, an attempt has been made to relate yields to feedstocks and conditions of pyrolysis.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationDevelopments in Thermochemical Biomass Conversion
    EditorsA. V. Bridgwater, D. G. B. Boocock
    PagesVol. I: 409-424
    StatePublished - 1997

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CH-431-24249


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