Torrefaction Technology that Helps the Forest

The number of unnaturally severe wildfires in forests and rangelands has dramatically increased in recent years, with devastating impacts on forests, wildlife, watersheds and communities. By culling out small diameter trees and performing prescribed burns, forest managers are trying to restore forests back to their former natural state, before all wildfires were suppressed. Progress, however, is painfully slow. With little to no market for the slash left after thinning operations, it is usually piled and burned. These pile burns cost forest managers money and severely impact surrounding air quality in rural communities.

HM3 Energy’s torrefaction and densification technologies provide a solution to this “biomass bottleneck” by creating a profitable market for the forest slash, turning it into energy dense torrefied wood briquettes that can directly replace coal or wood pellets for dispatchable, baseload electric power generation. This short VIDEO shows HM3 Energy’s technology at work, turning waste wood into energy dense briquettes. The ability to use biomass instead of clean wood chips makes  TorrB® torrefied briquettes competitive in price with raw pellets at the coal-fired plant burner tip.  HM3 Energy Slide Deck Overview

At the end of 2018 HM3 Energy completed a two-year testing phase in its Oregon torrefaction facility.  The half ton/hour demonstration plant was sold in its entirety to a customer on December 31, 2018. It has since been dismantled and moved to Japan, where it will be used to produce sample product for Japanese utilities. HM3 Energy is licensing its technology to viable partners for commercial plant construction. New Achievements

 

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