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CWSF 2010 - Peterborough, Ontario

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Chris Melchin is a student in grade 8 at St. Andrew Junior School in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Chris has a wide variety of interests including video games, badminton, curling, kayaking, and playing the bari and alto saxophones, guitar, and bass. He spends much of his extra-curricular time playing in 4 school bands. He has 3 older brothers.

Chris Melchin

"Pine"-ing "Fir" Hydrocarbons
Division:Health Sciences
City:Antigonish, NS
School:St. Andrew Junior School
Abstract:I studied different methods of biomass conversion – pyrolysis, gasification, and wood pellets – and performed a test of chemical extraction of hydrocarbons. The chemical extraction was the most energy efficient, but had the lowest energy yield. The others used large amounts of energy, but produced a proportionately large amount. Apparently the amount of energy generated is proportional to what is used to get it.