US DEPT. OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY US DEPT. OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A worker loads woodchips into the hopper of an experimental reactor which converts biomass (the chips) into methane-rich gas, a substitute natural gas. The process employed is called Multi-Solid Fluidized-Bed gasification, it involves the wood feedstock being steam reformed with a chemical catalyst. Previous attempts to gasify feedstock of this grade have been complicated and uneconomical. Wood as a fuel is neither easy to transport nor practical to use, conversion to fuel gas allows it's energy content to be utilised in a form that is readily incorporated into existing natural gas systems. This photo was taken at the Battelle Mem. Institute in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
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