Biofuels from Lignocellusoics
UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Many companies use different types of plants for different purposes. Often, they only use part of the plant and the rest is discarded. Bridgestone uses part of the Guayule plant as an alternative to rubber. To maximize resource usage and profit output, a process including a pyrolysis reactor will turn the lignocellulosic biomass into bio-oil amongst other products such as char and syngas. All products have value alone; however, the bio-oil can be refined and sold as useable biodiesel that can power combustion engines. The goal is to design a process using a pyrolysis reactor that turns the biomass from the plant Guayule into biodiesel.