What is BioOil?
BioOil is an alternative fuel made using Dynamotive’s pyrolysis process of biomass. It is a dark brown, free flowing liquid fuel with a smoky odour reminiscent of the plant from which it wasderived. BioOil is formed in a process called pyrolysis wherein plant material (biomass), such assawdust or bagasse from sugar cane, is exposed to 400-500 degrees Celsius in an oxygen freeenvironment.BioOil contains up to 25% water. The water component in BioOil is not a separate phase and isimportant because it lowers the viscosity of the fuel. BioOil is not a hydrocarbon-water mix likeOrimulsion. Another feature of BioOil is its propensity to change slowly over time. This is not tobe considered an instability because it can take months.BioOil is a fossil fuel substitute. It pumps well, ignites, and burns readily when atomized.BioOil has EcoLogo certification, having met stringent environmental criteria for industrial fuelsas measured by Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program. The EcoLogo signifiesthat the manufacturing process of the product has been audited by a credible third party, andsupported by empirical data on combustion tests conducted by both the company and authorizedthird parties.BioOil should be handled in a similar manner as conventional fuels. Direct contact with skin, aswell as inhalation of its vapours should be avoided. Although not as readily flammable asconventional fuels, pyrolysis fuels should always be kept away from open flame or other heatsources. For further information, please see the material safety data sheet at the end of thisdocument.