Workshop on Development of torrefaction technologies and impacts on global bioenergy use and international bioenergy trade, Graz, Jan 2014

International workshop on 

Development of torrefaction technologies and
impacts on global bioenergy use and
international bioenergy trade

Friday , 17 January 2014,
– 18.10

Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC), Stadhalle, Graz, Austria

Task 32:
Biomass combustion and co-firing

Task 40:
Sustainable International Bioenergy trade

Workshop rationale and aim

Torrefaction is an interesting pre-treatment technology for biomass before pelletisation and/or combustion. It is a thermo-chemical process for the upgrading of biomass that is usually run at temperatures ranging from 250 to more than 300°C under the exclusion of oxygen and at ambient pressure.

Task 32, in co-operation with Task 40 andthe EU SECTOR  project organised a workshop on torrefaction

as a parallel session within the Central European Biomass Conference 2014 in Graz, Austria.

The presentations can be downloaded below. A summary of the presentations and conclusions of the round table discussion is available here.

Task 32 Opening,

Jaap Koppejan, IEA Bioenergy Task 32, Enschede, The Netherlands

IBTC/Task 40 International overall view of developments in the torrefaction
sector Michael Wild, Internat. Biomass Torrefaction Council,
Brussels, Belgium
Densification of torrefied materials, Wolfgang Stelte, Danish Technological
Institute, Taastrup, Denmark
Characteristics of torrefied products and their dependence on process conditions
Ute Wolfesberger-Schwabl, OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH,
Advantages and
drawbacks for international trade of torrefied products
Mark Beekes, KEMA Nederland BV, Arnhem, Netherlands
First experiences from large-scale combustion and co-firing tests with refined
biomass fuels Nader Padban, Vattenfall, Stockholm, Sweden
15:50 Coffee break
Andritz torrefaction technologies and summary of pilot plant operation
in Austria and Denmark Klaus Trattner, Andritz AG, Graz,
16:40 River Basin
Accelerating the adoption of second generation solid biomass
Andy Piers, River Basin Energy, Highlands
Ranch, CO, USA
AREVA’s pathway to an industrially-proven torrefaction process
Hervé Chauvin, Areva, Paris, France
17:15 The way forward
for technology suppliers, project developers, consumers,
discussion led by Sandy Ferguson
18:10 Closing by