Converting biomass into a storable and universally usable resource is a challenge that researchers and developers have been investigating for over a hundred years. The conscious departure from the use of fossil fuels as part of the energy transition, exploitation of the unequal availability of fossil fuels for geopolitical purposes and last, but not least, in response to global warming, the focus today has shifted to biomass conversion processes.
The carbonization/gasification/combustion of biomass coupled with immediate energy use is nowadays implemented in numerous plants. The requirements for flue gas cleaning are high. The use of pyrolysis gases for the production of synthetic products has failed several times due to the high cost. Aerobic and anaerobic digestion only release a portion of the energetic potential of biomass.
Building on its experience in direct oiling of plastic waste, RECENSO is working on the application of CTC technology to biomass. The single-stage process produces a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons that can be used as a CO2-neutral energy source or as raw material for the chemical industry.
RECENSO runs the development and conversion business of biomass under the CONVERBIO brand. The company of same name is part of a network of international partners from science and industry. It has its own test facility, with which different biomass types can be tested for their suitability for oiling.