Well designed continuous process systems can be self-sustaining
1.Optimal Zone for energy extraction
2. Complete devolatilization
Requires addition of energy (and/or oxygen)
Our investment for a sustainable planet
To maximize carbon storage mankind should use Zone 1
Zone 2 is best
for microbial life
of utilizing the exothermic zone is that once started, biomass pyrolysis
systems need not be energy consumers but rather when integrated into other
processes can utilize heat as well as produce excess heat in a self
The next idea is
that there are two inflection points on the rate of weight loss curve.† The beginning of the start of the
exothermic range and the second inflection point is where rate of weight loss
slows and the process tapers off to completion.
particle size, zone 1 can be in minutes, seconds or hours for logs.† However, if there is no additional heat
input from flames or glowing combustion of charcoal. The process will not
extend far into zone 2.
of oils for energy and co-products, the area under the curve in zone 2 has
the highest cost.†† If we consider that
zone one is the optimal area for mankindís utilization, then area under the
curve in zone two may be Natureís optimal are. It is as a small investment to
provide a significant solution to reduce greenhouse gases, create a growing
carbon sink, and the development of a sustainable world.