What you’ll learn
This webinar presents the results from a life cycle assessment and economic analysis of producing torrefied biomass from forest residues. Torrefaction is a low temperature thermal treatment process that improves the fuel handling characteristics of biomass. Using data collected from a pilot plant built for the Waste to Wisdom project, this webinar presents an outlook on the future of smaller-scale near-woods torrefaction from an environmental and economic perspective. Specifically, we discuss the implications from a life cycle assessment of torrefied biomass and then describe the economics and potential markets.
Who may benefit
Forestland managers, logging and biomass contractors, biomass conversion tech firms, biomass marketing specialists, government agencies that regulate air quality, academics interested in utilization of biomass, and more.
- Mark Severy: Research Engineer, Schatz Energy Research Center, Humboldt State University
- Sevda Alanya: ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
- Ted Bilek: Economist, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
- Richard Bergman: Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
About Waste to Wisdom
Waste to Wisdom is an innovative biomass research project funded by a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative program: Award Number DE-EE0006297. Humboldt State University and 15 regional partners are building on existing research on the conversion of forest residues into bioenergy and other valuable bio-based products.