Thermya begins construction of three biomass torrefaction plants

By Anna Austin | June 02, 2011

France-based biomass torrefaction technology developer Thermya has begun construction of three industrial biocoal plants, two in France and one in Spain.

The Basque County, Spain, plant is being built under the supervision of project developer Grupo Lantec. Thermya licensed its TORSPYD torrefaction technology to Grupo Lantec’s subsidiary Idema, and has been supporting the company with the process engineering aspects of the project.

Thermya will continue to provide support and assistance until successful commissioning of the plant, which is expected to occur this summer, according to Grupo Lantec Managing Director Román Monasterio. The plant will operate on a continuous basis and produce 20,000 metric tons of biocoal annually from local forestry residues.

The remaining plants under construction in Mazingarbe in northern France will be owned by LMK Energy, which awarded a contract to Thermya in January 2011. Together the plants will produce 40,000 metric tons of biocoal that will be densified into pellets or briquettes for supply to European power stations.

Construction of the plants began in March, and the first is slated to come online during the end of the third quarter of 2011, said Franck Lavarde of LMK Energy.

These plants will represent Thermya’s first commercial-scale facilities, as the company finished development of its torrefaction process in 2006, and a pilot unit at the company’s headquarters in Villenave d’Ornon, France, in 2007.


2 Responses

  1. Zanaver Kovacs



    Excellent news. Biocoal (torrefied wood) is the best fuel that can have applications in many industries. It is not just an alternative fuels but a full substitute to coal, petcoke, wood pellets (although there could be new generation of biocoal pellets), oil and even natural gas.

  2. Chumroen Benchavitvilai



    The Biocoal(Torrefied wood pellet) technology is still at the trial error stage. It is too early stage for commercialization. The unstable products in the first trial plant in Holland has been delay and delay. Additional to the technology stability.The production cost to turn the woody biomass into the Biocoal should be considered. There will not be much economical advantage to used Biocoal (higher energy density) compared to the wood pellet(lower energy density. The weight lose in Torrefaction process may not be economical feasible. Any Torrefaction technologist could provide a clear and reason to support using the TWP cross comparison to the Wood pellet.


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