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.