As provider of integrated torrefaction technologies, Topell Energy aims to serve the renewable energy market with state-of-the-art solutions for the efficient torrefaction of biomass.
Electricity is an efficient and essential form of energy. Today, most electricity is produced from coal. Topell Energy believes that in the future most electricity will be produced from biomass. This will cause a major leap forward in the decarbonization of energy production while leveraging the enormous installed base of current power production assets and invested capital, making this major leap forward affordable and fast.
There is sufficient sustainable biomass in the world to turn biomass into the most significant and reliable source of renewable energy. However, when untreated, biomass is expensive to transport, to store, and to combust or gasify. Also, it can only be combusted (co-fired) to a limited extent in the current coal-fired energy plants.
These limitations are lifted when the biomass is first torrefied. Upgrading the biomass through torrefaction makes it cheaper to transport, store and combust, and enables large-scale co-firing (alongside fossil coal) in existing energy plants. Torrefaction is a necessary step to allow the large-scale, fast and affordable deployment of biomass as a fuel, as to allow biomass to contribute meaningfully to the decarbonization of the world’s energy supply.