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Torrefaction of Biomass Workshop
Tuesday 1 - Wednesday 2 April 2014

Meeting details

The torrefaction process involves heating biomass to a moderate temperature (~280 °C) in the absence of air. This results in a material containing typically 80% of the heating value of the original biomass, and is transformed into a harder, darker fuel, which is much easier to crush. This process is attractive to all sectors involved in the bioenergy chain: - growers see this is a way of adding value to the biomass they grow and reducing transportation costs (since the fuel is dry and has a greater energy per unit volume); power-generators see this as a simpler fuel to handle in the power stations; and there is also interest in using torrefied biomass as a fuel in other conversion processes, such as biomass gasification to liquid (transport) fuels (BTL).

Furthermore, unlike raw biomass, torrefied biomass does not degrade upon storage and so it becomes attractive for extending the supply window for using biomass. In order for torrefaction of biomass to happen on a large scale much information is needed including: optimisation of the process; combustion behaviour; handling behaviour; safety issues; and economics. The workshop aims to bring together academic and industrial researchers, and other stakeholders interested in biomass utilisation for energy production.

This workshop is subsidised and forms part of the initial dissemination activities of the project: “Premium Upgraded Biomass Solid Fuels- Fundamentals of torrefaction and performance of torrefied fuels”, which is financed by the Energy Programme, Grant EP/H048839/1. The Energy Programme is a Research Councils UK cross council initiative led by EPSRC and contributed to by ESRC, NERC, BBSRC and STFC.

Who should attend

The workshop aims to bring together academic, industrial researchers and
practitioners, and other stakeholders interested in biomass utilisation for
energy production.

Previous attendees include:

- Alstom Power
- Drax Power
- ECN Biomass
- Environment Agency
- E.ON
- Ministry of Defence
- Nottingham University
- RWE npower


The workshop will take place on Tuesday 1 - Wednesday 2 April 2014.

A full programme is now available to view in the left hand column. Confirmed topics include:

- Torrefaction process and practical experience
- Issues in utilisation of torrefied fuels
- Characterisation and current research
- Supply chain, techno-economics and environment

To contribute on any of the above or related topics, please contact Leilani Darvell.


The course venue will be the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds. The University campus is ten minutes by foot from Leeds city centre. Limited car parking is available on the University campus at an approximate cost of £5.00 per day.

How to Book

Workshop Fee: £180.00

Booking for this course should be completed through our secure Online Store.

To complete your booking please follow the instructions below:
1. Log on to our Online Store by following the link in the left hand column.
2. If you are a new user, please follow the instructions to book. If you already have an account log in as instructed.
3. Complete the application process as directed by the booking system.

You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking.

If you  have any problems with using the online booking system, or for any other queries, please contact the Event Coordinator:

Jenny Carter,
CPD, Conference & Events Coordinator
CPD, Conference & Events Unit

Engineering Research & Innovation Service
Faculty of Engineering
c/o Civil Engineering, Room 209
University of Leeds
T: + 44 (0)113 343 8104
F: + 44 (0)113 343 2511