Press releases and news 2023

  • Sustainable alternative to fossil resources / 2023

    Green gold: Torrefied biomass to replace coal and oil

    Press release Fraunhofer IGB / March 08, 2023

    Beechwood chips torrefied with superheated steam (right) have an increased calorific value compared to untreated chips (left) and moreover are hydrophobic.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    In February, the Estonian-based startup New Standard Oil successfully commissioned their first industrial-scale prototype for drying and torrefaction of biogenic feedstock operating with superheated steam at atmospheric pressure. The energy-efficient process was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart, Germany, and produces valuable raw materials for the chemical and energy industries: basic chemicals, biocoal and water.

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