"Setting the standard for a new commodity: torrefied biomass."

- Martin Englisch, OFI -




3rd SECTOR workshop in Brussels

The joint policy&technology workshop with the BioBoost project took place during the European Sustainable Energy Week 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

place: Brussels, Belgium

dates: 16-17 June 2015 

After more than 3 years of research, two major projects on improved bioenergy carriers within the Energy Programme of the European Union will be finished in the course of this year. SECTOR and BioBoost invite you to a two day workshop summing up the results and for discussions on market developments and policy implications.


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2nd SECTOR workshop in Graz

The Torrefaction Workshop took place during  the 4th Central European Biomass Conference which was held in Graz, Austria.





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placeGraz, Austria


About 90 participants from industry and science attended the torrefaction workshop which was organised in collaboration with IEA Bioenergy Tasks 32 and 40 to take place at the Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC) in Graz, Austria.

SECTOR Partners contributed by giving an overview of the newest densification results, torrfuel characteristics and experiences with large scale combustion. 




1st SECTOR workshop in Milan

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Market Implementation of a new Solid Biofuel and its midterm Prospects

The Torrefaction Workshop took place as a Side Event at the EU BC&E 2012 in Milan

placeMilan, Italy

The workshop was well received by the about 70 participants from the scientifc community and industry. It provided an overview about the first steps towards an industrial scale torrefied fuel production and the connected on-going research activities to provide appropriate technologies, including suitable densification processes.

A first presentation outlined the state of the art of the world-wide torrefaction developments, focusing on the different torrefaction concepts, their suitability for the conversion of various raw materials, end-use requirements and the contribution of the SECTOR project (presentation by Anders Nordin, Umea Universitet). Two presentations introduced the torrefaction technologies of ECN (Jaap Kiel) and Topell Energy BV (Robin Post van der Burg)

The densification concepts and their adaptation for the new solid energy carrier as a key role for torrefied biofuels were also presented and discussed (Wolfgang Stelte, DTI and Klaus Trattner, Andritz). Furthermore, Shahab Sokhansanj from the University of British Columbia (Canada) informed about the developments and experiences in North America.

The workshop is organised by DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (coordinator of SECTOR) and IEA Bioenergy Task 32. Interested professionals are invited to attend the workshop.

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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.