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Can the world grow out of its gasoline addiction with the help of biomass?

According to a new article in Wired, saw corn stalks and wood scraps may be the salve to ease the world's seemingly insatiable appetite for oil.

Scientists are hard at work working on 'bio oil,' biomass-derived fuel arrived at via a process known as pyrolysis, which essentially involves heating the organic detritus to 400-500 degrees Celsius without oxygen after it is finely ground up.

Experts now believe that the U.S. has the ability to cut its yearly petroleum reserves by 30-percent by using the more than one billion tons of biomass it produces annually.

[Source: Wired]

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