Stirring biomass is not easy to do in a vertical reactor. A line of reactors has been developed by Parr Instrument Company to function horizontally.
Horizontal reactors enable researchers to mix bio feed stock and other cellulosic materials such as:
- corn stover
- sugar cane
- wood pulp
- wood chips
In the horizontal position, the internal stirrers tumble the material rather than try to stir it with a standard vertical stirrer. These custom reactors are secured vertically for loading and then safely tilted horizontally for stirring. They can also be designed to be operated in both a horizontal and vertical position.