Joseph J. James, President of Agri-Tech Producers, LLC(ATP), is pleased to announce that ATP continues to make progress on what may be one of the world’s best commercial-grade torrefaction machines.
Torrefaction is a process, which uses heat, in a low oxygen
environment, to convert plant and wood biomass into a cleaner, renewable
alternative to coal, as well as feedstock, from which to make other
ATP has an exclusive license to innovative torrefaction technology
developed by North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the US patent
was just issued, in November 2012. Patents are also pending in other
ATP's process cost-effectively converts
cellulosic biomass, like wood chips and bio-crops, into a substance,
which can be used as a clean and renewable coal substitute; as a
superior feedstock from which to make stronger, more energy dense and
water repellent energy pellets; and as a superior feedstock from which
to make bio-fuels, using gasification methods.
ATP's standard commercial machine, called the Torre-Tech® 5.0, is available for order now, with expected delivery in 6-8 months. It will produce five tons of torrefied wood, an hour.
Unlike some of our competitors, ATP's units:
- Do not require pre-drying of the biomass to reduce moisture to 20% and can essentially accept most biomass feedstock, as is, after chipping and storage.
- Essentially make all of their own process heat, once at operating temperature.
- Are simpler and more reliable.
- Are less expensive - The Torre-Tech® 5.0 Costs $5.0 million US.
To see a Spec Sheet
for ATP's Torre-Tech® 5.0 machine
, click HERE.
ATP, with the help of its equipment manufacturing partner, the Kusters Zima Corporation, is in the process of manufacturing a smaller version of its standard machine, for a series of tests and demonstration projects. That machine will be ready by the first Quarter of 2014.
Click on this link
to see a video of NC State University Torrefaction process inventor, Chris Hopkins, operating the prototype unit.
Mr. James says, "We have had very strong, global interest in our
machines, as our torrefaction process is believed to be among the most
cost-effective in the world.” In addition to producing and selling
torrefaction equipment, ATP intends to develop and operate a few
torrefaction processing plants, on a global basis, in conjunction with key strategic
ATP also intends to become involved in the planting and
harvesting of high-density bio-crops, which can be treated by its
torrefaction process. ATP's process can also produce a biochar, for soil enhancement purposes, and a
cooking fuel for the Third-World, which can reduce de-forestation
ATP is very grateful for the support it has received from various federal and state agencies, as well as private sector organizations. We have had strong interest from many would-be customers from the US's forestry, pellet and electric utility sector, as well as from all over the world, as our process is seen to be the most cost-effective.