Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2011


Robert Dryden

Course Title

Advanced Engineering Economics

Course Number

ETM 535/635


The purpose of this study is to develop an economic model for assessing the feasibility of a biomass conversion plant in Portland metro area. Conversion of biomass to valuable fuel products such as bio-oil (also known as pyrolysis oil) and bio-char via fast pyrolysis is a promising means for producing renewable energy fuels. The process assessed in this study involves using advanced and reliable technology to thermally degrade biomass in the absence of oxygen to produce bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. The syngas produced can be used entirely to provide thermal process energy for the pyrolysis system [3].


This project is only available to students, faculty, and staff of Portland State University.

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