Photo: Elisha Cram, a Research Engineer at UMaine FBRI Technology Research Center holding a diesel-cut of hydro-treated UMaine TDO oil. Photo courtesy of the University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute.
Work is advancing very successfully to produce valuable industrial chemicals and wood-derived fuels such as butane, jet fuel, diesel fuel and heating oil from this biomass flow.
Some of the most valuable substances from this process require direct input of hydrogen as a chemical feedstock in addition to heat and electrical energy associated with fuel cell and hydrogen production technology.
Some of these technologies are being developed in Maine; their success can be important to the continued viability of large pulp production plants in Maine and North America.
Read detailed updates in our blogs below.