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

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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eija Alakangas (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 579 672
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eija Alakangas (Ms.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 453 262
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandra Wagenaar (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 353 919
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sten Frandsen (Dr.)
UNIPER TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 80 980
Address
Compton House 2300 The Crescent, Birmingham Busine
B37 7YE Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Cook (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 325 815
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joerg Maier (Mr.)
OSTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGINSTITUT FUR CHEMIE UND TECHNIK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 285 034
Address
Franz Grill Strasse 5 Arsenal Objekt 213
1030 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Englisch (Dr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 080 156
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Pommer (Mrs.)
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 962 681
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Arbizu Jimeno (Ms.)
TOPELL ENERGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 391 750
Address
Fluwelen Burgwal 44
2511 CJ Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erwin Eymans (Mr.)
VATTENFALL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 95 566
Address

814 26 Alvkarleby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
åsa Astervik (Ms.)
RWE INNOGY GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 941
Address
Gildehofstrasse 1
45127 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silke Köhler (Dr.)
DOOSAN BABCOCK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 414
Address
Manor Royal Crawley Business Quarter Doosan House
RH10 9AD Crawley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stuart Williams (Mr.)
PROCEDE BIOMASS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 114 974
Address
Drienerbrakenweg 18
7522 PD Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaap Koppejan (Mr.)
INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 80 975
Address
Ul. Mory 8
01 330 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Urszula Dąbrowska (Mr.)
TECHNOLOGIE- UND FORDERZENTRUM IM KOMPETENZZENTRUM FUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE TFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 146 673
Address
Schulgasse 18
94315 Straubing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Widmann (Dr.)
BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 120 336
Address
Hedwig-katschinka-strasse 4
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingwald Obernberger (Dr.)
BEST - BIOENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 113 371
Address
Inffeldgasse 21B
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Haslinger (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 113 388
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lukas Kranzl (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 525
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Schmidt Annette
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 109 380
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Samuelsson (Mr.)