Battelle has started a pilot-scale test on a converter system designed to convert biomass materials such as woodchips or agricultural waste into bio-oil energy.
The system works to use catalytic biomass pyrolysis technology when producing up to 130 gallons of wet bio-oil per day, Battelle said Nov. 7.
“We’ve got it producing oil and have proven viable applications for it,” said Kathya Mahadevan, business line manager at Battelle.
“As we increase scale, we will be able to further refine efficiencies such as thermal consumption and yield,” she added.
Battelle started the development project four years ago and aims to find an investor in order to build another demonstration version.
The mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit works to convert agricultural waste, wood chips, shavings, sawdust and other biomass materials into oil.
Battelle also wants to further development of biofuels used for jets or to develop bio-polyol, a natural alternative to common petroleum-based polyol used in chemical manufacturing.