Biomass Conversion Technologies
The Conversion Technologies team will scale-up the most promising prototype units for three biomass conversion technologies — biochar production system, torrefier, and briquetter — to sizes appropriate for achieving commercialization.
We will develop operational protocols for each conversion technology that will eventually lead to self-contained operation in a forest operations field setting. These project activities will focus on identifying strategies that meet the primary energy needs of each biomass conversion technology, including the generation of heat for drying and processing input biomass fuel as well as electricity to power motor drives, densification equipment, and onboard control systems.
We will prepare each conversion technology for mobile operation at a forest field site.
Variety of Forest Residue Types
And we will complete testing and evaluation of each technology in a forest operations setting using a variety of forest residue types. The target fuel types for this study include different conifer and hardwood species. Performance evaluation of the three technologies in a field setting will track parameters related to biomass energy conversion, input energy needs, emissions, and operation and maintenance requirements and costs.