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Thermochemical Processes

NREL is developing gasification and pyrolysis processes for the cost effective thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels and biofuel intermediaries.

In our Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit, we work with partners to test and scale processes from bench to those that are industrially relevant.

Photo of an engineer in a hardhat working in a facility among a series of metal tubes, pipes, and hoses, pouring a liquid from a large hose into a bucket.

Integration, Scale-Up, and Piloting

3-D illustration of a model catalyst surface showing a diamond shape of spheres in four quadrants (black spheres, blue and red spheres, red and green spheres, and red and yellow spheres) with grey spheres in the center. Yellow arrows represent spherical molecules that enter and leave the quadrants. The model catalysts appear on a montage of images of wood chips, liquid gasoline, a gas tanker truck, and a jet airplane.

Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion