Catalytic Activity of Alkaline Minerals in the Pyrolytic Conversion of Biomass. Preliminary Results

M. Hernández, J. Sánchez-Caba, G.D. Fowler, S.J. Goodman, J. Pérez-Pariente, E. Sastre, C. Márquez-Álvarez & G. San Miguel
Biomass pyrolysis oils have poor fuel properties owing to the high concentration of oxygenated species. The catalytic conversion of pyrolysis oils over acid solids has been investigated in numerous papers. This work presents some preliminary results describing the potential of alkaline minerals in the thermal degradation of biomass. Pine wood and oils derived from the thermal degradation of this biomass were initially characterised for their chemical, thermal and fuel properties. Four natural minerals known for...