During the Arab oil embargo of 1973 a world-wide “energy-crisis” was proclaimed, but subsequent experience has revealed that it is really our technological addiction to the use of fluid fuels which is the underlying cause of energy malaise in the industrial world. Although great emphasis is presently being given to the conversion of solid fossil fuels (oil shale, coal, tar sands, and peat) into fluid fuels (“synfuels”), some scientists and policy makers have begun to ask the question: “Why not do the problem right and shift our reliance to renewable sources of fluid fuels rather than perpetuate our dependence on disappearing resources?” This presentation examines the possibility of answering their question affirmatively by using the renewable biomass resource to produce gaseous fuels.
KeywordsBiomass Conversion Biomass Resource Biomass Gasifier Biomass Pyrolysis Volatile Matter Content
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