Thermochemical Liquefaction of Water Hyacinth

C.J. Schabort, G.C. Van Tonder & S. Marx
The use of non-edible biomass should be investigated as alternatives for biofuel production. Aquatic weeds like water hyacinth (WH) are classified as third generation crops. WH in South Africa is an invasive species that brings forth many problems in the utilization of water resources. Liquefaction experiments were conducted on WH across a temperature range of 240 – 340ºC, at three different atmospheres. The maximum bio-char yield for the stem and leaves was found to be...