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Novel torrefaction technology heading to Maine

Dec. 9, 2011, Millinocket, ME - Thermogen Industries is bringing a new type of torrefaction technology created by UK firm Rotowave Ltd. to Maine and hopes to have six in operation by November 2012.


December 9, 2011
By David Manly

Dec. 9, 2011, Millinocket, ME – Thermogen Industries is
bringing a new type of torrefaction technology created by UK firm Rotowave Ltd. to
Maine and hopes to have six in operation by November 2012.

In an article published in Biomass Power and Thermal, the new technology maximizes heat transfer in the biomass particles by firing a series of simultaneous electromagnetic frequencies at a ceramic drum, making the process of pyrolysis used to turn woody
biomass into a biocoal product more efficient.

The new products will be shipped to Europe, but Richard Cyr, senior vice president for Cate Street Capital, states that he would much prefer to sell to buyers in the US or Canada.

According to the article, the final product has a bulk density of 750
kilograms per cubic meter, energy density of 18 gigajoules per cubic
meter and an electrical output of 6.67 megawatt hours per ton, as well as a moisture content of below four percent.

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