Torrefaction
Feb. 1, 2017 - Near the St. Lawrence River, a stone’s throw away from the Gentilly nuclear power plant, the old LaPrade mill in Bécancour, Que., has come back to life. In one of the old concrete pools designed to produce heavy water, Airex Energy is testing its unique torrefaction process. Their goal: develop a large-scale biochar technology made with forest biomass and agriculture waste.
Jan. 23, 2017 - Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve in Ontario is planning to build a biochar facility at the site of a former sawmill and wood pellet business.
Dec. 22, 2016 - Vega Biofuels, Inc. is expecting a profitable 2017 as a result of the successful evaluation of its bio-coal product as a replacement for traditional coal in coal-fired power plants.
June 10, 2014, Montreal, Que. – Airex Energy has reached an agreement on new funding for the company’s torrefaction technology project, helping the company come one step closer to a torrefaction demonstration plant in Canada.
August 17, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA – Biomass torrefaction systems manufacturer Heyl & Patterson has signed a worldwide marketing deal with Torrefy Corporation.
March 12, 2012 - Pellet equipment supplier Andritz is running a pilot plant in Austria testing a new torrefaction unit on locally-sourced wood chips. The finished product is better suited for coal co-firing than untreated woody biomass.
Oct 29, 2011 - ERB Energias Renovaveis do Brasil Ltda., a Brazilian developer of biomass energy projects, will build a demonstration plant next year to turn wood into charcoal-like pellets that it will sell to European utilities.
Oct 14, 2011, Toronto - Topell Energy's Robin Post van der Burg told attendees at the 2011 CANBIO annual meeting and conference that his company's torrefied wood plant in the Netherlands will soon be ready to make its first 5,000 tonne delivery to local power generators.
Torrefaction makes sense in many ways, and the bioenergy sector is taking notice.

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