Estimation of the production cost of fast pyrolysis bio-oil

J.G. Rogers, John. G Brammer

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A number of papers and reports covering the techno-economic analysis of bio-oil production has been published. These have had different scopes, use different feedstocks and reflected national cost structures. This paper reviews and compares their cost estimates and the experimental results that underpin them. A comprehensive cost and performance model was produced based on consensus data from the previous studies or stated scenarios where data is not available that reflected UK costs. The model takes account sales of bio-char that is a co-product of pyrolysis and the electricity consumption of the pyrolysis plant and biomass pre-processing plants. It was concluded that it should be able to produce bio-oil in the UK from energy crops for a similar cost as distillate fuel oil. It was also found that there was little difference in the processing cost for woodchips and baled miscanthus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
Early online date9 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • fast pyrolysis
  • biomass
  • techno-economic
  • bio-oil
  • bio-char
  • energy crops


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