The end user of the Torrefaction technology ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel producing company and has an industrial presence in 19 countries around the globe. It is in an excellent position to determine the implementing and possible future replication of the Torrefaction technology and its resulting torrefied wood biomass as replacement of fossil fuel and the valorisation of its waste gasses as renewable energy as an integral part of the steel and bioethanol production plant. With its extensive knowledge on industrial production and opportunistic strategy, ArcelorMittalcan also enhance the Torero capacity to think of out of the box, for commercially attractive replication applications of the torrefaction technology. It furthermore has the necessary expertise in and capacity to setting up the complete process from raw materials supply (biomass), energy flow between installations, handling of the torrefied biomass to injection and optmising control of the Blast furnace process.
Further down the innovation chain, the Torrefaction technology provider Torr-Coal is an European SME which has the necessary specialization in specific aspects of torrefaction process that is required in order to be able to advance its integration beyond the state of the art. TC designs, engineers, perform feasibility studies of their torrefaction technology. Beside deliveries to their users of torrefied products TC also delivers the required test quantities to potential users.
Renewi is a leading waste management service provider, recycler and supplier of highquality secondary raw materials. Renewi collects, treats and processes waste, from which valuable raw materials are generated. In the Torero project is will assure the necessary supply of Type B wood waste for the plant demonstration. In addition through its waste expertise Renewi will be able to contribute to the necessary valorisation of wood waste as reliable available biomass feedstock global supply for the future replication of possible torrefaction technology process.
In order to address the necessary technology, economy and environmental valorisation of the whole torrefaction technology integration process for the production of bioethanol two European research institutes are part of the consortium as specialist of such assessments. Chalmers University of Technology will perform a techno-economic assessment of the torrefaction process, including benchmarking against other use of biomass and possibly also against other competing process solutions.
Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, one of Austria’s largest non-university research organisations, is focusing on the sustainability of the Torero process. LIFE – Centre for Climate, Energy and Society will apply as part of the Torero project the methodology of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The relevant environmental aspects and parameters and their influencing factors will be identified and quantified over the whole value chain using LCA. Within a Social Life Cycle Analysis (sLCA) social impacts will be analysed quantitatively and qualitatively.