It allows (the treatment of) waste and make double use of it by simultaneous production of biofuels and green chemicals.
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.
“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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