Producing Biofuels via the Thermochemical Platform
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Thermochemical conversion of biomass to liquid fuels employs many of the same processes and equipment as are used with fossil fuel feedstocks. Biomass resources can take one of three thermochemical pathways to be converted to useful energy and fuel, such as combustion, indirect liquefaction, and direct liquefaction. Combustion is the rapid oxidation of solid, liquid, or gaseous fuels to produce high-temperature thermal energy with carbon dioxide, water, and ash as the main byproducts. The thermoelectric power technologies available to convert coal and other fossil fuels to electricity can also be applied to biomass or gasified biomass combustion.