Pyrolysis of agricultural residues to produce bio-oil having No.2 fuel oil characteristics for greenhouse heating systems

Stéphane Godbout

Researcher, P.Eng., agr., Ph.D.

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Description

The project generated scientific knowledge on: optimal parameters for the rapid pyrolysis of agricultural residues and the characteristics of the outputs; enhanced properties of bio-oil from rapid pyrolysis using plastic residues; proportions of No. 2 bio-oil/conventional fuel oil mixes and required equipment modifications to ensure optimal combustion; and agronomic use of bio-charcoal in soil and planting media.  More generally, the aim was to bring about a significant reduction in GHG emissions and develop a new method of reusing agricultural waste. The economic feasibility of using bio-oil from different processes was also measured and analyzed.

Objective(s)

  • Acquiring knowledge on using rapid pyrolysis to produce fuel from agricultural residues for greenhouse heating systems that use No. 2 fuel oil.

From 2014 to 2017

Project duration

Waste conversion

Service

As a result of this project Canadian and U.S. patents were obtained for a vertical auger reactor that converts organic waste into bio-oil.

Partners

Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec | Syndicat des producteurs de serres du Québec (SPSQ) | McGill University | Université Laval

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