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Prototype plant for biomass pellets with FlashTor innovation opens in Thailand

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FlashTor ® technology is a unique process to produce torrefied biomass. It is a proprietary multi-stage process using a series of reactors to convert fibrous biomass feedstock into torrefied biomass. The volatiles released during the torrefaction process (torgas) are burnt in a lean gas combustor. The combustor provides the required heat for the torrefaction process and the pre-drying of the biomass. The final stage of the FlashTor ® system is a proprietary product cooling system.

The prototype plant was developed to produce and enhance the quality of biomass pellet fuels in Thailand. It intends to improve the quality of biomass pellets produced in Thailand and promote clean energy production from agricultural waste.

Nishida Kazuya, ambassador of Japan to Thailand, presided over the opening ceremony of the biomass pellet prototype plant with FlashTor® innovation earlier this month (August).

Hironobu Iriya, CEO and president of TTCL, and Maarten Herrebrugh, CEO of Blackwood Technology, welcomed the ambassador, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, partner organisations, and customer groups.

This prototype plant was developed to produce and enhance the quality of biomass pellet fuels in Thailand with a torrefaction process called FlashTor®, patented by Blackwood Technology.

By reducing the use of coal and fossil fuels, the new technology will help strengthen the competitiveness of the Thai business sector with green production and low-carbon products.