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April 7, 2014

New technology allows converting woody biomass into fuel through mobile unit
Demonstration of mobile pyrolysis unit

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is sponsoring a demonstration of mobile pyrolysis technologies on May 8 in Bingen, Washington. The mobile pyrolysis units will demonstrate the conversion of woody biomass into bio-oil, bio-char, and syngas. This technology uses high temperatures to convert woody debris from forest harvests into bio-fuel directly in the field, making this renewable energy source more cost effective.

The demonstration is open to the public; however, registration is required. Register early as space is limited. There is no cost to attend. To register, email chuck.hersey@dnr.wa.gov

What:

 


Using three mobile pyrolysis units, DNR will demonstrate the conversion of woody biomass into bio-oil, bio-char, and syngas. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical process where organic material is heated in the absence of oxygen and the material thermally decomposes into combustible gases and charcoal. The combustible gases can be condensed into a combustible liquid called pyrolysis oil or bio-oil.
When: May 8, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Where:   SDS Lumber, Satellite Facility, Bingen, WA

Directions:
From I-84, take exit 64 and take the Hood River Bridge across the Columbia River. Turn right onto WA-14 (Lewis and Clark Highway) heading east and follow 1.4 miles to Maple Street. Take right onto Maple Street and then first left onto E Marina Way. Follow E Marina Way about 0.5 miles to demonstration site, just east of Marina Park.

The mobile pyrolysis demonstration is funded by the USDA Forest Service in partnership with DNR, Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State University Energy Program, Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Department of Energy.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov  

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