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 several other
ATP has an exclusive license to innovative torrefaction technology
developed by North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the US patent was issued, in November 2012. Patents are also issued or are pending in other
Click on this link
to see a video of NC State University Torrefaction process inventor, Chris Hopkins, operating the field-scale prototype unit.
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.
For an Overview of ATP's process, please click here: Torrefaction PowerPoint
Joseph J. James, Founder and President of Agri-Tech Producers, LLC(ATP),
is pleased to announce that ATP is helping one of its operating
affiliates, ATP-SC, LLC, in opening a pilot torrefaction plant in
Allendale, South Carolina, in 2015. 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 the
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 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 among the most cost-effective.
ATP has also become involved in the planting and
harvesting of high-density bio-crops, which can be treated by its
torrefaction process. ATP's process converts these crops into various types of: biochar, for soil enhancement purposes; fillers or extenders, which make stronger, lighter and water-resistant plastics; and a
plant-based, charcoal, home cooking fuel for the Third-World, which can reduce in-home air pollution and illnesses and deaths, associated with wood-based charcoal; while also reducing global
pressures on forests.
ATP’s New, Patent-Pending, Combined Remediation Biomass and Bio-Product Production
ATP is about to deploy its patent-pending, Combined Remediation Biomass and Bio-Product Production
(CRBBP) Process, conceived by ATP's founder, nearly a year ago. He was familiar with how fast and how large
certain bio-crops grow, as well as with the principal of phytoremediation, the
mechanism by which plant and tree root systems can uptake nutrients, pollutants
and other problematic substances from soils.
Given their extraordinary growth rate and size, he reasoned that
bio-crops should be able to remove substantially more of such substances, than
regular crops. And, if such biomass
could then be used multiple times, its effective cost, per utilization, and the
effective cost of the nutrient removal and that of any end products, made from
it, could be reduced, accordingly.
ATP is now considering several projects involving contaminated industrial sites, as well as farmland, with excess nutrient pollution. As part of the CRBBP Process, ATP's operating affiliates will harvest and convert the bio-crop material into the various products mentioned above.