As part of the research on renewable energy a high temperature lab has been built at IMT for research on how to produce bio-oil in a CO2-neutral manner.
Molten Salt Pyrolysis of biomass is a form of thermochemical conversion where biomass decomposes when heated to a molten salt without access to air. The salt used in the process is an inorganic compound which is very stable in its liquid state at high temperatures and has good heat transfer characteristics.
The catalytic properties result in products with more uniform chemistry compared to the corresponding pyrolysis methods. In addition the salt will capture undesired components and impurities, so that the method can be used on difficult convertible and / or environmentally problematic biomass. The pyrolysis products can be used as fuel or as raw material for production of high-value chemicals.
Members of the group:
Espen Olsen - Associate professor
Heidi S. Nygård - PhD candidate
Petter H. Heyerdahl - Associate professor