Energy Institute Staff
The Pennsylvania State University
Gasification is the process where carbonaceous materials, such as wood, react with steam or a limited amount of air or oxygen producing a gaseous fuel. Two wood types, red maple and poplar, were heated in a bench-scale reactor at different temperatures and moisture levels to study what affect this had on gas composition, specifically combustible hydrocarbons and hydrogen. The combustible hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide can be combusted for use in a gas turbine to generate electricity or generate heat and the hydrogen can be used in fuel cells. The poster also outlines the gasification process. This research was funded by SUNY at Syracuse.