Bio-oil production from fast pyrolysis of waste furniture sawdust in a fluidized bed

Hyeon Su Heo, Hyun Ju Park, Young Kwon Park, Changkook Ryu, Dong Jin Suh, Young Woong Suh, Jin Heong Yim, Seung Soo Kim

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The amount of waste furniture generated in Korea was over 2.4 million tons in the past 3 years, which can be used for renewable energy or fuel feedstock production. Fast pyrolysis is available for thermo-chemical conversion of the waste wood mostly into bio-oil. In this work, fast pyrolysis of waste furniture sawdust was investigated under various reaction conditions (pyrolysis temperature, particle size, feed rate and flow rate of fluidizing medium) in a fluidized-bed reactor. The optimal pyrolysis temperature for increased yields of bio-oil was 450°C. Excessively smaller or larger feed size negatively affected the production of bio-oil. Higher flow and feeding rates were more effective for the production of bio-oil, but did not greatly affect the bio-oil yields within the tested ranges. The use of product gas as the fluidizing medium had a potential for increased bio-oil yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S91-S96
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Bio-oil
  • Fast pyrolysis
  • Fluidized bed
  • Waste furniture


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