International Workshop of Biomass Torrefaction for Energy, May 10-11, 2012

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We are pleased to invite you to participate to the International Workshop of Biomass Torrefaction for Energy to be held at Ecole des Mines d'Albi, France, May 10 - 11, 2012.

The workshop will bring together representatives from academic institutions, industry and public organizations. The workshop will be a great platform to share ideas and experiences on recent works and new perspectives in the Biomass Torrefaction for Energy.

As the demand for use of biomass for the production of energy is increasing, there are still number of major stakes and bottlenecks to overcome. The Pretreatment of biomass prior to Transportation, Storing and Conditionning as well as Energy Efficiency in thermochemical conversion processes such as pyrolysis and gasification are among the focus. Torrefaction appears to be a key process to address these bottlenecks. Torrefaction is a mild heat treatment in the temperature range 250-300°C under inert atmosphere; it has been developed and applied to wood boards in the last decades. It is known to dry and reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds in biomass and to confer valuable properties such as hydrophobicity, resistance to « rotting » but also specific mechanical properties. Properties such as a high energy density and high mechanical fragility are now expected. The co-produced gases and condensable phase also open new sources of potentially recoverable energy, and platform molecules for bio-refinery development.

Several academic and industrial actors around the world are involved in the development of torrefaction following novel thermal histories and better controlled potentially reactive atmospheres, and involving original reactor designs. The expected chemical, physical and mechanical properties of torrefied biomass may vary depending on the downstream uses that cover grinding, pelletisation, (co)combustion, gasification... The determination of these properties also raises new challenges.

The aim of this workshop is to gather various stakeholders from industry, academia and governmental agencies interested in the torrefaction to promote exchanges of knowledge, aiming at new cooperation and potential emergence of new concepts.

Looking forward to seeing you in Albi!

Sincerely yours,

Professor Ange Nzihou

Important Dates:

April 10, 2012: Deadline for abstract submission.

April 13, 2012: Deadline for abstract acceptance.

April 16, 2012: Deadline for register for IWBTE at reduced fee.

May 10-11, 2012: IWBTE Workshop

Cité épiscopale d'Albi, vue panoramique © Pierre Béhar Sarl « A vol d'oiseau »
Cité épiscopale d'Albi, vue panoramique © Pierre Béhar Sarl « A vol d'oiseau »


Laboratoire RAPSODEE[1]

Université de Toulouse