Torrefied Biomass– Biofuel to Replace Coal

HM3 Energy’s proprietary torrefaction and densification technologies can turn woody biomass and agricultural residue into solid biofuel for use in biomass boilers or as a substitute for coal in coal-fired boilers. Our TorrB® torrefied biomass briquettes are water-resistant and can be shipped without cover and stored without cover, with significant transportation and handling savings. Their water resistance and grindability make them a clean fuel alternative to coal in coal-fired power plants.Torrefaction_Densification
HM3 Energy’s half-ton/hour torrefied biomass demonstration facility in Oregon has been completed. Start-up operations are underway.

HM3 Energy’s torrefied biomass offers considerable environmental and economic benefits: 

  • Pound for pound, same energy as western coal and 20% more energy than raw wood pellets
  • Greenhouse gas neutral, with no mercury emissions and a drastic reduction in sulfur and nitrous oxide emissions
  • Improvement of forest health, while dramatically reducing the growing risk of catastrophic forest fires. Our process uses low commercial value forest waste as feedstock (not clean wood chips or wood pellets), providing a market for public and private foresters who want to reduce fuel stocked stands by thinning.
  • Improvement of air quality in forest and farming areas, when forest slash or agricultural slash piles are used as feedstock for fuel rather than burned in place.
  • Creation of 1200 direct family wage jobs in Oregon alone, with thousands of additional jobs possible in other states
  • Protection of ratepayers from rate increases related to construction of new power plants
  • Waste to energy technology

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