Torrefaction innovation

Upon commercialization, torrefaction will play a crucial role in transitioning our society to a ‘circular economy’ where carbon-containing materials will be recycled, lowering overall carbon emissions and combating climate change. Torrefaction has long been envisioned as the next logical step in the production of an ‘engineered’ fuel from biomass which, because of its advanced characteristics, will ultimately replace white wood pellets. When compared to white wood pellets, the superior characteristics of densified, torrefied biomass include lower moisture content, higher energy density, greater bulk density, hydrophobicity, resistance to biological activity, improved grindability, and a relatively uniform particle size distribution. These characteristics translate into lower transportation costs, much higher co-firing rates, and lower cost-of-use for the customer. It is for these reasons that torrefaction has received so much attention.

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