Friday, November 26, 2010

High-Grade Petroleum Chemicals from Biomass


Another Development that will Reduce
the Reliance on Petroleum

A team of chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a highly efficient, and relatively uncomplicated, process to manufacture a wide range of chemicals, normally extracted from oil, from waste timber and other biomass.

The plant will fit on the back of a truck and offers the prospect of high yields of quality petroleum based chemicals from low-grade materials.

This is a highly significant development, as it will help to reduce the reliance on dwindling world oil stocks.

I will need to check with the publishers before reproducing further materials. Check back for a fuller report.


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