Making efficient use of biomass

The pilot facility consists of a container with a storage bin and energy center, as well as of a frame that houses the drying and torrefaction reactors, the attachment for extracting solids and the condensers. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Industrial facilities are generally located far away from extensive forest regions.

Because wood requires efforts to transport, it sees only limited use as a raw material in industry.

In the EU-funded SteamBio project, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have teamed up with various partners to change all that, developing a special steam drying technique that could significantly cut transportation costs. Another bonus is that the technique yields valuable feedstock for the chemical industry.