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Researchers show potential benefits of pinewood char as synthetic fuel source

December 19, 2013

Researchers at Purdue University have successfully tested the conversion of large particles of pinewood char in a gasification process, a step necessary for the mass production of synthetic liquid fuel from recalcitrant biomass. The results, which will be published in the March edition of the journal Fuel, stemmed from a series of experiments using a new facility at Purdue's Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories aimed at learning precisely how biomass is broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy.
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