Torrefaction Benefits

Commercialization of torrefaction benefits the environment, utility rate payers, and rural communities by replacing coal with clean fuel.

Torrefaction Benefits Forest HealthTorrefaction benefits

Thinning operations are believed to increase healthy tree growth;  increase resiliency to fire, insects, and disease; protect existing large old tree structure and watershed function; and enhance habitat for local species. However, these restoration efforts can be costly.  Prescribed burns and slash burning create large amounts of smoke and essentially “waste” the energy value of the slash.

HM3 Energy’s torrefied biomass production creates a new market for biomass, supporting active forest management.

Torrefaction Benefits the Economy

And commercialization of torrefaction includes very long-term social, economic and environmental benefits and impacts for rural U.S. timber communities. Strong, steady demand by a utility for torrefied biomass produced by woody biomass within a 50 mile radius of just one timber community would produce 62 sustainable jobs (biomass collection, transport and plant operation and maintenance). Communities that once relied exclusively on the harvesting of large diameter logs for income can now concentrate on forest restoration.

Because torrefied biomass handles just like coal, existing coal-fired power plants don’t need to make modifications to start co-firing TorrB briquettes or even completely replace their coal with cleaner torrefied biomass. That means utilities can continue using their existing coal-fired plants instead of building new gas-fired plants. This avoids the unnecessary environmental cost and cost to ratepayers that construction of new plants creates.

Learn how HM3 Energy’s technology turns biomass such as forest slash and sawmill residue into fuel for coal-fired (and biomass-fired) power plants in this short YouTube video.


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