Joseph J. James, the founder of Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP), welcomes you to our website and welcomes you to learn more about what we do and to let us know how we might help and/or collaborate with you.
ATP's CRBBP Process:
ATP's founder invented its recently-patented Combined Remediation Biomass and Bio-Product Production (CRBBP) Process, by which one plants and then multi-tasks bio-crops and their resulting biomass to do good things for people and the planet, less expensively.
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 plants and trees can uptake nutrients, pollutants and other problematic substances from soils and waters.
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.
Working through its state-based operating affiliates, ATP has demonstrated the CRBBP Process as a cost-effective tool for removing excess phosphorus from Chesapeake Bay watershed farm soils, to protect the Bay's aquatic life, while also making cost-advantaged bio-crops, including those made by ATP's torrefaction process, as described below.
ATP's CRBBP Process is also among the most cost-effective ways to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide, even as our bio-crops are treating contaminated soils and water.
ATP's Torrefaction Process:
Torrefaction is a process, which uses heat, in a low oxygen
environment, to convert plant and wood biomass into a clean, renewable char, from which one can make bio-based fillers, which make composites and plastics, which perform better; biochars, which increase the productivity of poor soils; and a clean and renewable bio-coal, which can be co-fired in coal-fired plants, to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases; as well as alternative to coal, as well as several other
ATP has access 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
We are 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 2020. 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.