Mobile Torrefaction Machinery Development

Organization:
NC State Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.
Amount:
$171,526.82
Program Area:
Open Grants Program
County of Applicant:
Wake
Description:

This Golden LEAF grant will support continued work to develop a low cost, mobile torrefaction system that uses heat to reduce the moisture content in wood chips resulting in a more energy dense, transportable fuel that can be used in many applications, including potentially, co-firing with coal in power plants. The process has the added benefit of providing an economically valuable use for cull trees and logging residue, and will provide added income for rural landowners with timber. The initial work of the project has been promising, and both Duke and Progress Energy have expressed interest in obtaining sufficient biomass for a test fire run at their respective power plants.

Contact:
Mr. David L. Ashcraft NC State University Box 7207 Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7207 919-515-5723
Areas Served:
Statewide

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