UNH Bio-Oil Team

255 Kingsbury Hall

Chemical Engineering Department

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

Durham, NH  03824-3591, USA

phone: 1-603-862-2313, fax: 1-603-862-3747


Under Construction!

Helping NH North Country through energy diversification, cleaner environment, and healthier forest.

 

 

Bio-Oil (Biooil) Program Director:

 

Ihab H. Farag, Sc. D., P.E.

Hamel Professor of Technology and Innovation

Office Phone: 1-603-862-2313

Office Fax: 1-603-862-3747

E-mail: Ihab. Farag@unh.edu

 

Chemical Engineering Department

255 Kingsbury Hall

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

33 College Road

Durham, NH 03824-3591, USA

 

 

 

 

 

Team Members/Researchers:

 

Christopher Barrett

Office Phone: 1-603-862-4395

Office Fax: 1-603-862-3747

E-mail: cbarrett@cisunix.unh.edu

 

Chemical Engineering Department

255 Kingsbury Hall

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

33 College Road

Durham, NH 03824-3591, USA

 

 

 

Caitlin Laclair

Office Phone: 1-603-862-4395

Office Fax: 1-603-862-3747

E-mail: claclair@cisunix.unh.edu

 

Chemical Engineering Department

255 Kingsbury Hall

University of New Hampshire (UNH)

33 College Road

Durham, NH 03824-3591, USA

 

 

 

Motivation

The UNH Bio-Oil team was formed in response to the declining consumption of the low-grade wood market in northern NH due to the closing of the Berlin/Gorham pulp and paper mills, and the future closing of the wood-fired power plants in NH.  

The low-grade wood market is a ‘critical cornerstone’ to NH’s forest industry.  Funded by the NH Industrial Research Center (NHIRC) the UNH Bio-Oil Team is studying the feasibility of alternative use that would produce energy and green chemicals.

 

NH Challenges

The UNH Bio-Oil team considered the following criteria:

-  Cleaner Air

-  No additional global warming potential.

-  Convert a waste/fire hazard material to a source for energy and green chemicals

-  Move away from fossil fuels

-  “Home Grown” energy source.

-  Maintain healthy forests.

-  Create jobs.

 

 

Bio-Oil

Bio-Oil is produced from low quality wood, which is home grown in NH, ME, and VT.  It uses small diameter wood that could be fire hazard, and is needed to be removed to maintain healthy forests.

When used to generate energy, Bio-Oil does not emit sulfur oxides (Sox), has 50% lower NOx emissions than fossil fuels, and is carbon-dioxide neutral.

 

 

 

 

UNH Bio-Oil Team Report

Technical, Environmental and Economic Feasibility of Bio-Oil in New Hampshire’s North Country (final Report to NH IRC): (pdf file).

 

Presentations

Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat: The Bio-Oil Research Team at UNH: Download


UNH Bio-Oil News Articles & Radio Appearances 

Portsmouth Herald (Wed. July 24, 2002). "Scrap wood: A fuel for the future?"

Fosters Daily (Mon. July 29, 2002). "The great black energy hope"

Campus Journal, UNH (Fri. Aug. 9, 2002), "The Promise of Bio-Oil. UNH is researching possibilities for the North Country"

Friday July 26, 2002, NH Public Radio (NHPR) (with Lisa Peakes of NH today) "A New Process Makes Oil from Scrap"

last updated Tue October 15, 2002