Process for producing volatile organic compounds from biomass material

  • US 9,242,915 B2
  • Filed: 12/16/2014
  • Issued: 01/26/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for the recovery of a volatile organic compound from a biomass material comprising:

  • introducing a prepared biomass material comprising one or more volatile organic compounds to a compartment of a recovery system to separate the prepared biomass material into at least a vapor component and a solid component;

    contacting the prepared biomass material with a superheated vapor stream in the compartment to remove at least a portion of the one or more volatile organic compounds in the prepared biomass material;

    recovering at least a portion of the removed one or more volatile organic compounds to provide the vapor component;

    retaining in the recovery system at least a portion of the vapor component for use as at least part of the superheated vapor stream; and

    releasing from the compartment at least a portion of the prepared biomass material after removal of the one or more volatile organic compounds to provide the solid component.

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