New Torrefaction Process Reduces Transportation Costs for Biomass

Researchers at Fraunhofer IGB developed an improved torrefaction process to make use of olive biomass.
By LISA ANDERSON on July 9, 2018
Filed in Business

Waste from olive oil production is treated at a pilot plant in Spain that uses a unique torrefaction process to reduce transportation costs for biomass and produces green chemicals as a byproduct.

It allows (the treatment of) waste and make double use of it by simultaneous production of biofuels and green chemicals.– Antoine Dalibard, Fraunhofer Institute

The new torrefaction process, developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project, results in torrefied biomass that is lighter in weight and has improved combustion properties.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart, Germany; together with ten project partners from four European countries developed the new torrefaction process.

Fraunhofer IGB Group Manager Heat and Sorption Systems Antoine Dalibard told Olive Oil Times: “The obtained biomass is a high calorific material that can be used as biofuel, can be ground easily for transport optimization and can be stored in humid conditions as it is hydrophobic.

“It is really interesting,” he said in reference to the process, ‘because it allows to treat waste and make double use of it by simultaneous production of biofuels and green chemicals.”

Up to now, these chemicals have been obtained from natural gas or crude oil. On Fraunhofer IGB’s website, Dalibard said: “In the case of many biomass materials the platform chemicals generate so much profit that they finance the entire torrefaction process.”

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