Title

Wood-To-Oil

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.

Abstract

Wood–To–Oil project was an Interactive Qualifying project done by students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to assess the impact of KiOR Inc.’s Wood Pyrolysis process in the transportation sector to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil and to reduce the price of gasoline. Students calculated the ideal oil production for KiOR based on Wood pyrolysis estimation figures and compared it to U.S. consumption of petroleum in the transportation sector. As comparisons, other alternative means of solving the oil problem in the U.S., such as Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Electricity and Biomass, were researched. Other biomass companies were also used to compare KiOR’s process and its output claims.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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