NRRI leads the way in alternative fuel process

Thursday, February 02, 2017

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Turning wood into a new product could boost a flagging lumber industry in northern Minnesota, and investigators at the Natural Resources Research Institute – University of Minnesota Duluth – are leading the way in perfecting the technology.

Using a process called torrefaction at their site in Coleraine, NRRI is converting biomass, primarily wood waste, into a direct replacement for fossil coal. Torrefaction can take virtually any kind of plant, dry it out, roast it and then form it into a shape to meet any furnace requirement –  pellets, briquettes or bricks – so that power plants do not have to make costly modifications.

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