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Bringing up biofuel

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By Rosalie Bliss

Special to Poultry Times

BELTSVILLE, Md. — The idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. USDA scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The team is headed by Agricultural Research Service chemical engineer Akwasi Boateng with the Sustainable Biofuels and Coproducts Unit at the Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pa.

Crude bio-oil is produced by pyrolysis — a process that chemically decomposes plant and other organic matter using very high heat. . .

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