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This website is designed and maintained by Aston University on behalf of Task 34 of the IEA Bioenergy Agreement through the Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy, which forms part of a programme of international energy technology collaboration undertaken under the auspices of the International Energy Agency.


Task 34, Direct Thermochemical Liquefaction has as its main emphasis overcoming barriers to commercialization of fast pyrolysis of biomass for liquid fuel production. The overall objective of the Task in the new Triennium 2016-2018 will be to improve the implementation and success of direct thermochemical liquefaction of biomass for fuels and chemicals by contributing to the resolution of critical technical areas and disseminating relevant information, particularly to industry and policy makers.

The scope of the Task is to monitor, review, and contribute to the resolution of issues that will permit more successful and more rapid implementation of pyrolysis technology, including identification of opportunities to provide a substantial contribution to bioenergy. This is to be achieved by the activities listed below:

The Direct Thermochemical Liquefaction Task is a three-year project which commenced January 2016, in parallel with the other tasks in IEA Bioenergy, as approved by the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee (ExCo) with membership including US, Canada, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and UK.

Triennium 2013-2015

Click here to view the complete proposal for prolongation of Task 34: Pyrolysis of Biomass 2013-2015.


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