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  • [ October 25, 2012 ]
  • New biofuel machine at Iowa State University

A new bio-oil gasifier machine, built and developed by Iowa State University engineers and researchers, will combine two thermochemical technologies to produce the next generation of cellulosic biofuels.

The bio-oil gasifier has been fully operational since June, and has been converting bio-oil made from pinewood into synthesis gas. As the project moves from the start-up phase, a new focus will be given to refining the process of fuel production.

The gasifier was built as part of a two-year, nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. A three-year, $450,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center will allow researchers to study and develop bio-oil gasification.

Source: Iowa State researchers double down on heat to break up cellulose, produce fuels and power

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