Commercializing black liquor and biomass gasifier/gas turbine technology, TAPPI JOURNAL, December 1997, Vol. 80(12)

Eric D. Larson and Delmar R. Raymond

Black liquor and biomass gasifier development for gas turbine applications received considerable attention in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s (1–3), but interest waned with the return of low oil prices in the mid-1980s. While oil prices are still relatively low, the prospects for commercializing gasification technology for pulp and paper applications (and for the industry to realize associated benefits) appear considerably

improved at present as a result of a unique set of circumstances that exists in the North American industry today.

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