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Pyrolysis

Pyrolysis is the decomposition of organic matter at elevated temperatures (300 and 1300 °C) in the absence of oxygen at atmospheric pressures. The useful products generated are a charcoal-like biochar solid product, a bio-oil formed from ‘condensable’ volatile substances and ‘non-condensable’ gases which may include both carbon dioxide and methane.

Pyrolysis related videos

Example of biomass pyrolysis treatment scheme (Jin Wang and Peter He, Biofuels Edu) Source: Biofuels Edu: Biomass pyrolysis treatment scheme by kind permission of Jin Wang and Peter He, Biofuels Edu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmml0VBAF9O15sx2JbEAdTA, funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture / YouTube

Example of biomass pyrolysis treatment scheme (Jin Wang and Peter He, Biofuels Edu)

An animation demonstrating 'fast pyrolysis' producing bio-oil as the final product. This video is made available as part of the biofuels education projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Pyrolysis features and blogs

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Anaerobic digestion optimization through thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment

Pre-treatment of sludge by thermal hydrolysis upstream of anaerobic digestion is used to improve AD efficiency. A study looked at (pre-)commissioning data for a full-scale AD installation undergoing upgrading with TH to assess the basis for optimisation.

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