Conference Dates

June 19-24, 2016


This project focuses on the pyrolysis of residues from well-established biochemical processes into liquid fuel. The residues examined come from two major conversion processes; wastewater treatment facilities, and biogas digesters. These processes produce low value, unconverted residues that are refractory to further biochemical conversion. Pyrolysis is an aggressive thermochemical conversion process that is ideally suited to such residues.

Currently, these residues are viewed as a low-value or waste products that must be disposed of. The environmentally friendly disposal of wastewater sludge is a common problem for many municipalities, where the sludge is often incinerated or disposed of in landfills. Anaerobic digestate can be used as a soil amendment but is often landfilled as waste. The key goal of this project is to find a solution to the disposal issues associated with these residues, while improving the overall process economics, through the production of high quality bio-oil and bio-char streams.

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