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Research of synthetic fuels hopes to cut oil dependence

September 15, 2010

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy. The research is part of work to develop a system for generating large quantities of synthetic fuel from agricultural wastes, other biomass or coal that would be turned into a gas using steam and then converted into a liquid fuel. Other aims are to learn how to generate less carbon dioxide than conventional synthetic-fuel processing methods while increasing the yield of liquid fuel by adding hydrogen into the coal-and-biomass-processing reactor. Researchers are learning how coal and biomass "gasify" when exposed to steam under high pressure in order to improve the efficiency of the gasification process.

September 15th, 2010 in Technology / Energy & Green Tech
 


 

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