This diagram shows the layout for a new method for processing agricultural waste and any available biomass into biofuels. Researchers at Purdue University are proposing the creation of mobile processing plants that would rove the Midwest to produce the fuels using the technique, called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation. Biomass along with hydrogen will be fed into a high-pressure reactor and subjected to extremely fast heating, rising to as hot as 900 degrees Fahrenheit in less than a second.

Image Credit: Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering.

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