What do torrefaction consultants or torrefaction experts do? Torrefaction is the roasting of any solid biomass in an inert atmosphere with some of the volatile components of the feedstock being driven off in the form of syngas that can be used to fuel the process plus generate thermal or electrical energy. The solid part is either an ideal carbon-neutral substitute fuel for coal or heating oils – for transport reasons agglomerated to pellets or briquettes – or it is further processed to manufacture soil enhancers, carbon for the chemical industry, or printery. By torrefaction, many residues and plants that are disposed of today or cause costs can be turned into a value. Torrefaction technologies have been developed and implemented by several companies around the globe. First industrial scale production sites are operating. The processes are highly adjustable regarding products – electricity, fuel, soil enhancement, etc., as a reaction to market conditions.
Torrefaction consultants will have a good command of technological development and experience to help overcome technological and economic challenges in project development and will typically also have experience with feedstock selection, handling, and eventually necessary pre-treatment. They may assist in selecting the right feedstock, finding the appropriate technology, overlooking the engineering and implementation phase, and specifying typical market/product needs. In discussing the definition of biomass energy, torrefaction is very likely to be mentioned.
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