Project Number: 8072-41000-095-18-N
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2013
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
The objective is to promote co-operation on basic and applied research on the following issues: 1. Pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass into bio-oil as a replacement for crude oil. 2. Upgrading and stabilization of bio-oil into a suitable blendstock 3. Refining and blending of upgraded bio-oil into commodity products 4. Commercialization of commodity products based on biomass pyrolysis oil
Scientists at ARS laboratories in Wyndmoor, PA will conduct pyrolysis on biomass to produce crude bio-oil. ARS will also conduct hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) upgrading experiments, as well as some characterization of the HDO product. Characterization methods include chromatography, elemental, moisture, and acidity analyses. Scientists at ARG will test the applicability of upgraded pyrolysis oil. Some tests include corrosion analysis, octane/cetane numbers, viscosity, cloud point, and GC simulated distillation.