"Torrefied pellets are the future of biocommodities for many applications to replace fossil fuel in heat and power production." - Eija Alakangas, VTT -



presentations of SECTOR

Following you can find the latest presentations of SECTOR:

Eija Alakangas from VTT attended the Forest Energy 2020 Seminar which took place on 07.10.2015 in Joensuu in Finland. She presented under the title: "Uudet teknologiat metsäenergian markkinamahdollisuuksien avaajina".

On 24th June, Michiel Carbo from ECN gave a summary of the final results of SECTOR at the Tailor Made Biofuels Conference in Aachen, Germany.

Daniela Thrän from DBFZ/UFZ attended the ISO Meeting where she presented the current developments of different methodologies, e.g. grindability. The ISO Meeting took place from 8-11 June 2015 in York / UK.

Collins Ndibe from University of Stuttgart presented results about end use performance tests of torrefied biomass conducted in pulverized fuel furnaces and gasifiers at the 40th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems in Clearwater (USA) in June 2015.

23rd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

Also this year, SECTOR contributed with its project results to the EUBC&E, which took place from 1-4 June in Vienna, Austria.

A workshop about thermally treated biofuels provided more in-depth information about different technologies in the sector of thermal treatment of biomass. There, Janet Witt from DBFZ presented the state of the art and R&D results of torrefaction. The workshop took place on 3rd June, as a side event of the EUBC&E.

New SECTOR results were presented by Kay Schaubach from DBFZ during the EST - Energy, Science & Technology Conference on 21.05.2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Ute Wolfesberger-Schwabl held the presentation "Torrefikation zwischen wissenschaftlicher Forschung und industrieller Umsetzung" at the Bio Up Meeting which took place in Vienna, Austria on 22th May 2015.



Eija Alakangas from VTT presented the SECTOR project with results about raw material, costs and storage of torrefied material at the Energy Day of Central Finland which took place on 10.02.2015 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

During the IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, USA, Markus Meyer presented a poster about environmental impacts of solid bioenergy - Case studies representing a gradient of biophysical conditions.

During the 10th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications, the University of Stuttgart presented an "Experimental study on cofiring high shares of torrefied fuels in a 500kW pulverized coal boiler". The 10th ECCRIA 2014 took place from 15.-17.09.14 in Hull / UK.

Bioenergy from Forest, Finland / Helsinki

Various results of the SECTOR Project were presented during the Bioenergy from Forest Conference, which took place from 15.-18.09.2014 in Helsinki, Finland.


"New results of the SECTOR project: Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of Torrefaction", held by Daniela Thrän, DBFZ

"Biomass resources and quality requirements for torrefaction – SECTOR project", held by Eija Alakangas, VTT

"Torrefied pellet production – comparison of some forestry industry integration opportunities to stand-alone plants", held by Vesa Arpiainen, VTT

"Comparison of torrefied and wood pellet storage behaviour", held by K. Korpijärvi, VTT


"Development of Biorefinery Concepts based on slow Pyrolysis and Torrefaction", by Leena Fagernäs

22nd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

The latest results from the SECTOR Project were presented during the 22nd EUBC&E which took place in Hamburg from 23.-26.06.2014.


"Interim results of the SECTOR-project: Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of Torrefaction" held by Jaap Kiel, ECN

"Deployment strategies for solid sustainable energy carriers from biomass by means of torrefaction", held by Fabian Schipfer, TU Wien

"Experimental Investigation of Combustion Performance and Co-Firing Characteristics of Torrefied Biomasses in a Pulverized Coal Furnace", held by Collins Ndibe, USTUTT

"Treatment and Characterization of Torrefied Biomass for Combustion in Power Plants", held by Jan Khalsa, DBFZ

"Optimized Production of Torrefied Pellets from Alternative Biomasses", held by Jan Khalsa, DBFZ


"Applicability Survey of Different Torrefied Biomass Fuels in Small Scale Combustion Appliances", presented by Sabine Feldmeier, BE2020

On 19.06.14, David Ziegler held a presentation about torrefaction during the 8. Rostocker Bioenergieforum which included findings from the SECTOR Project among others.

During the 10th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries in Valladolid (Spain), a poster of the latest SECTOR results has been displayed and presented by Kay Schaubach.



At the World Bioenergy Conference in Jonköping (Sweden), Eija Alakangas held a presentation with the title "biomass resources and quality requirements for torrefaction".

On 19th May 2014, Michiel Carbo from ECN presented the latest results of the SECTOR Project during the International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtLTechnologies, which took place in Dresden / Radebeul (Germany) this year.


Janet Witt presented the SECTOR project at the DGMK-Fachtagung "Conversion of Biomass" in Rotenburg a. d. Fulda on 13.05.2014.



On 27th February 2014, Fabian Schipfer from TU Wien held a presentation with the title: "Deployment scenarios of biomass-to-end-use chains for torrefied biomass during the World Sustainable Energy Days which take place in Wels (Austria) every year.

A poster with an example of the newest results assessed in the SECTOR project was presented at the Jahrestagung Energieverfahrenstechnik between 18th - 19th February 2014 in Karlsruhe (Germany).

The TU Wien presented a poster with the subject: "Torrefaction - Scenarios for biomass-to-end-use chains for the investigation of the Diffusion into European energy markets" during the 4th Central European Biomass Conference, which took place from 15.-18. January 2014 in Graz (Austria).


Wolfgang Stelte from DTI presented SECTOR at the Wood Pelletizeation and Torrefaction Workshop on 18th November 2013 in Vancouver (Canada). 


Kay Schaubach presented the newest results of SECTOR also at the 13. Internationaler BBE-Fachkongress für Holzenergie in Augsburg (Germany) on 26.09.2013



Kay Schaubach presented the newest results of SECTOR during the International Bioenergy Exhibition & Conference in Jyväskylä (Finland) on 05.09.2013.


During the International VDI Conference - Biomass to Energy, which took place from 3rd-4th September in Munich (Germany), Jaap Kiel spoke about torrefaction and the first results from the SECTOR project.


On 21.06.2013, Janet Witt presented the first results from the SECTOR project at the 7. Rostocker Bioenergieforum in Rostock (Germany).

Javier Gil Barno presented results about the torrefaction of cereal straw during the 3rd workshop of Cofiring Biomass with Coal, which took place from 20.-21.06.2013 in Groningen, The Netherlands.


At the AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference, held from 17th - 19th June 2013 in Brussels (Belgium), Kathrin Bienert presented the first results of the SECTOR Project.

A SECTOR poster was presented during the 9th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries from 5th - 7th June in Antwerp (Belgium).



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21st European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

Daniela Thrän (DBFZ), Wolfgang Stelte (DTI), Fabian Schipfer (TU Wien) and Markus A. Meyer (UFZ) presented the first results of the SECTOR project at the 21st EU BC&E in Copenhagen (Denmark) during 03-07.06.2013. Javier Gil Barno and Linda Pommer also included SECTOR in their presentations about torrefaction.




On 24th May 2013, Wolfgang Stelte presented SECTOR at the Energy Europe in Copenhagen (Denmark).

World Biomass Power Markets in Amsterdam (The Netherlands): On 17.05.2013, Jaap Kiel talked about the SECTOR project in his presentation "Torrefaction - product quality optimisation in view of logistics and end-use"

On 25.04.2013 Janet Witt presented SECTOR at the VGB-Konferenz "Kraftwerke im Wettbewerb 2013" mit Fachausstellung which took place in Berlin (Germany)


World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels (Austria): a SECTOR-Poster was presented during the conference from 27.-28.02.2013


Biohiilen tuotanto ja käyttö, edellytykset ja mahdollisuudet Suomessa, Biocoal production and use, precautions and possibilities in Finland: Eija Alakangas presented SECTOR during this Biocoal seminar on 29.11.2012.



Bio Up, 22.04.15 in Vienna (Austria), by OFI



All presentations of the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition are available at the conference proceedings











presentation: Fachtagung "Konversion von Biomassen", 12.-14.05.2014, Rotenburg a. d. Fulda (Germany), by DBFZ


On 13.11.12 Daniela Thrän presented the SECTOR project work during the IEA Bioenergy Conference in Vienna (Austria).


At the OSCAR conference in Riga (Latvia) on October 26, 2012, Kay Schaubach talked about the differences between conventional and torrefied pellets and the work of SECTOR.


European Biomass Conference & Exhibition 2012 in Milan (Italy): a SECTOR-Poster was presented during the conference from 18.-21.06.2012


On 15.06.2012 Janet Witt presented SECTOR at the 6th Rostocker Bioenergieforum, Forum A. 


World Bioenergy Conference 2012, Jönköping (Sweden): Kay Schaubach gave a general introduction about torrefaction and SECTOR on 31.05.2012.


5th International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL, Leipzig (Germany): Robin Zwart presented SECTOR on 21.05.2012.


International Workshop on Biomass Torrefaction for Energy, Albi (France): SECTOR was presented by Jaap Kiel on 10.05.2012.


ISO-TC 238-Solid biofuels-Convenor Meeting, Stockholm (Sweden): Eija Alakangas presented SECTOR at the Convenor-Meeting on 10.05.2012.


ISO-TC 238-Solid biofuels-Meeting WG 4+5, Stockholm (Sweden): During this meeting Martin Englisch presented SECTOR on 08.05.2012.


Euroheat & Power 2012 Annual Conference, Copenhagen (Denmark): Kathrin Bienert gave a general introduction about SECTOR on 26.04.2012.


BalBic Project Kick-Off-Workshop, Riga (Latvia): on 23.03.2012 Janet Witt gave a presentation on the production of pellets from torrefied wood with an introduction to the SECTOR project.


World Sustainable Energy Days, Wells (Austria): A SECTOR-Poster was presented on the World Sustainable Energy Days from 29.02.-02.03.2012.

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This project has received funding from the European Union´s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 282826.