The Process #1
We take raw biomass and heat it to in excess of 300 degrees to dry the material, kick-starting a thermal reaction to break down the hemicellulose contained within the plant structure.
The Process #2
This in turn produces an energy rich gas which is burned to sustain the reaction with no additional heat input, known as an autothermal reaction.
The Process #3
After this the product is cooled, blended with our existing products and briquetted.
Glossary of Terms
Biomass is all biological material derived from either living or recently dead plant or animal organisms. In the context of energy production, biomass is classed as a renewable resource and usually refers to plant material.
Torrefaction is the process of heating biomass in the absence of oxygen, similar to the way that coffee is roasted. This removes chemically bound oxygen and gives a fuel with higher energy content and improved combustion properties.
Hemicellulose is a natural polymer found in biomass along with cellulose and lignin and is the compound most readily degraded by torrefaction.