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1 Agri-Tech Producers, LLC Using Torrefied Wood as a Coal Replacement, for Superior Pellets and Cellulosic Ethanol Production BY

2 Torrefaction: A Technology to Densify & Enhance Biomass –Untreated biomass may be 50% water, its bulky and its not the most efficient or useable fuel or bio-feedstock. Torrefaction: Drives off most of the water Reduces the bulk Makes a better co-fire fuel to burn with coal Makes superior briquettes and pellets –Torrefaction, applied at or near the point of harvest: Reduces transportation costs of biomass, per BTU Produces a more valuable biomass shipment

3 Torrefaction: Adding Value and Reducing Transportation Cost/BTU Untreated Biomass: –Bulky –Moist –Fibrous –Perishable –Waste –Expensive to transport Torrefied Biomass: : –Dense, If Pelletized, Etc. –Dry & Water Resistant –Easily Crushed –Does Not Rot –Valuable Fuel –Energy Dense

4 The Process of Torrefaction Heating (300-400º C) wood, in a low-oxygen environment, liberates water, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hemicellulose (HC) from the cellulose and lignin. The VOCs and HC are combusted to generate 80% of the torrefaction process heat. The remaining and warm lignin acts as a binder when the torrefied wood is pelletized. Torrefied wood can easily replace coal in combustion or be a feedstock for further pyrolysis or gasification for combined heat and power or Fischer-Tropsch liquids.

5 Schematic of Torrefaction Machine

6 Higher Heating Value of Torrefied Wood, Charcoal and Coal: Color Approximately Indicates Heating Value

7 Chemistry of Torrefaction At torrefaction temperatures, hemicellulose is the primary wood polymer that is degraded into: –Permanent gases include H 2, CH 4, aromatics, CO, CO 2, C x H y –Condensable liquids include acids, ketones, furans, alcohols, terpenes, phenols, waxes, tanins, water –Solids include char, new and existing sugar structures and new polymers and ash. All of the wood polymers undergo dehydration reactions that destroy –OH groups that are responsible for hydrogen bonding with water: this severely reduces the tendency of densified torrefied wood to absorb water.

8 Mass and Energy Balance of Torrefaction Published results indicate mass and energy balance of.8 and.9 respectively (for dry wood). This is consistent with the loss of the lower energy VOC and hemicellulose and retention of higher energy lignin and cellulose. Assuming –50% MC wood, –HHV of 8700 Btu/lb for dry wood, –1000 Btu/lb latent heat of water, –.4 Btu specific heat for wood and 1 Btu specific heat for water, –Starting temperature of 75 F and exit temperatures of 500° F. ~800 Btu used in processing, this energy is approximately equal to that of the VOCs and hemicellulose. ~3575 Btu left in remaining torrefied product, which weighs ~.33 lbs, for a HHV of 10,800 Btu/lb.

9 Making Electricity With Torrefied Wood Torrefied wood is a much better fuel for co-firing with coal than untreated wood. Torrefied wood can be ground to a particle size, similar to that of pulverized coal, with the same or less energy use. Untreated wood requires many times the energy use, in grinding (by a factor of 7.5 to 15), to achieve a similar particle size.

10 Pelletizing & Briquetting Torrefied Wood At torrefaction temperatures, the lignin in wood becomes plastic and can actually become a binder of individual wood particles. Pellets made from torrefied wood may withstand 1.5 to 2 times the crushing force of normal wood pellets. Torrefied pellets show little water uptake on immersion (7-20% of mass), unlike normal pellets. University research in the 1930s and 1940s details benefits of torrefied wood pellets.

11 Density of Various Biomass Fuels

12 Delivered Cost per MM Btu Electricity by Distance to Customer


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