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Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of Torrefaction

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 282826

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 222 685,11

  • EU contribution

    € 7 565 725

Coordinated by:

DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

Objective

Torrefaction is considered worldwide as a promising key technology for boosting large-scale implementation of bioenergy. It involves heating biomass in the absence of oxygen to a temperature of 200 to 320 °C. As a result, the biomass looses all its moisture and becomes easy to grind and water resistant, which reduces the risk of spontaneous ignition and biological degradation and permits outdoor storage. By combining torrefaction with pelletisation or briquetting, biomass is converted into a high-energy-density commodity solid fuel or bioenergy carrier with superior properties in view of (long-distance) transport, handling and storage, and also in many major end-use applications (e.g., co-firing in pulverised-coal fired power plants, (co-)gasification in entrained-flow gasifiers and combustion in distributed pellet boilers. Moreover, torrefaction-based bioenergy carriers may form a good starting point for biorefinery routes.

The current SECTOR project is focussed on the further development of torrefaction-based technologies for the production of solid bioenergy carriers up to pilot-plant scale and beyond and on supporting market introduction of torrefaction-based bioenergy carriers as a commodity renewable solid fuel. The core of the project concerns the further development of torrefaction and densification technology for a broad biomass feedstock range including clean woody biomass, forestry residues, agro-residues and imported biomass. Production recipes will be optimised on the basis of extensive logistics and end-use testing. Much attention will be given to the development, quality assurance and standardisation of dedicated analysis and test methods. The experimental work will be accompanied by extensive desk studies to define major biomass-to-end-use value chains, design deployment strategies and scenarios, and conduct a full sustainability assessment. The results will be fed into CEN/ISO working groups and international sustainability forums.
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Coordinator

DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Address

Torgauer Strasse 116
04347 Leipzig

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 001 913

Administrative Contact

Daniela Thrän (Dr.)

Participants (21)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 579 672

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 453 262

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 353 919

UNIPER TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 80 980

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 325 815

OSTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGINSTITUT FUR CHEMIE UND TECHNIK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 285 034

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 080 156

FUNDACION CENER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 962 681

TOPELL ENERGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 391 750

VATTENFALL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 95 566

RWE INNOGY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 4 941

DOOSAN BABCOCK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 49 414

PROCEDE BIOMASS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 114 974

INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 80 975

TECHNOLOGIE- UND FORDERZENTRUM IM KOMPETENZZENTRUM FUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE TFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 146 673

BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 120 336

BIOENERGY 2020+ GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 113 371

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 113 388

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 101 525

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 109 380

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 282826

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 222 685,11

  • EU contribution

    € 7 565 725

Coordinated by:

DBFZ DEUTSCHES BIOMASSEFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany