University of Kentucky engineers are in the process of fine tuning a machine that turns wood and plant waste into a form of crude bio-oil.
The UK Agriculture Engineering team had designed a machine that will turn discarded wood chips, sawdust, and other plant waste material into a bio-oil when mixed with a special solvent. It breaks down plant material that isn't suitable for ethanol production.
Czarena Crofchek, UK Ag Engineering, says, "You may not use 'the machine' to make gasoline or diesel, but there are other products that you would get out of the refinery that we are still going to have to replace."
The team believes this could be a positive impact for Kentucky farms and wood-processing industries across the state.