Not sure what Torrefaction is?
No worries, you’re in the majority! This process involves roasting and compressing wood chips into a pellet or briquette form. The solid biofuel that is produced can be easily co-fired or fired in existing pulverized coal power plants and has considerable advantages compared to other biomass fuels.
Funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, this project as a whole will create a demand for non-marketable timber, forest thinnings, and bring value to immature trees during forest restoration and wildfire reduction efforts. It will provide torrefied wood products for local, national, and overseas market.
IMI – Biomass Equipment & Installation from a Single-Source
IMI’s role in the biomass market continues to grow as a national equipment provider; this marks IMI’s sixth Chip Dryer installation. Previous installations at biomass facilities are in North Carolina and Georgia. IMI Chip Dryers can dry woody biomass down to a low double-digit percentage of moisture content. This reduction in moisture content creates an energy-dense fuel that is easy to transport and store. In addition to providing our dryer technology, IMI can provide a turn-key project installing the balance of plant systems, such as torrefaction, pellet mill operations, and material handling.
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Additional information: Northwest Public Broadcasting Article October 7, 2018