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100 000 tpa torrefaction system sold by Konza Renewable Fuels

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A full scale commercial 100 000 tpa torrefaction system has been ordered from Konza Renewable Fuels and Aeon Energy Solutions. Expected delivery is early 2015 to a European based corporation. KRF (Konza Renewable Fuels) is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas and operates in the green, renewable, energy sector.

Torrefaction is the process of heating a substance in a low oxygen environment sufficiently to break some key chemical bonds to create a coal-like substance. It will separate VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and hemicellulose from the cellulose and lignin contained in biomass. Since biomass is a green, renewable, carbon-neutral resource, it is desirable to mix the torrefied biomass with coal because it does not have the harmful heavy metals and other pollutants that coal can contain. Torrefied biomass, sometimes referred to as bio-coal, is a desirable alternative for power generating companies, cement manufactures, steel producers and other commercial enterprises using large volumes of fossil fuels that are also looking for a green, renewable resource that is economically viable.

Konza’s proprietary test unit in Healy, KS has successfully torrefied numerous test materials over the past three years, providing proof of concept. The test facility has also allowed the Konza team to hone in on the process and make a large-scale commercial torrefaction facility a reality. Some feedstock, including purpose grown crops and several different species of woody biomass have been tested to energy levels exceeding 25 GJ/MT. Konza’s current offerings consist of models with production capabilities up to 25 tph (210 000 tpa). Konza torrefaction equipment has been designed to meet the most stringent air quality and particulate emission standards.

For additional information visit Aeon Energy Solutions, Inc.

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