Workshop: Torrefaction of biomass

17. January 2014
Messecenter Graz
Messeplatz 1, Graz, AT

IEA Bioenergy Task 32 organises in cooperation with IEA Bioenergy Task 40 and the EU sector project the workshop "Torrefaction of biomass", which will take place on the 17th of January 2014 in Graz, Austria and will be part of the 4th Central European Biomass Conference.


IEA Bioenergy Task 32 "Biomass Combustion and Cofiring",
IEA Bioenergy Task 40 "Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade - Securing Supply and Demand" and the EU Sector project

Content Description

The workshop will cover aspects regarding fundamentals of torrefaction, logistics and application of torrefied fuels. In addition, the technology of and experiences with demonstration plants will be presented and discussed.


  • 13:30 - 13:40 Opening
    Chairperson: Jaap Koppejan, IEA Bioenergy Task 32 (Enschede, Netherlands)

  • 13:40 - 14:00 International overall view of developments in the torrefaction sector
    Michael Wild, Internat. Biomass Torrefaction Council (Brussels, Belgium)

  • 14:00 - 14:20 Densification of torrefied materials
    Wolfgang Stelte, Danish Technological Institute (Taastrup, Denmark)

  • 14:20 - 14:40 Characteristics of torrefied products and their dependence on process conditions
    Ute Wolfesberger-Schwabl, OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH (Austria)

  • 14:40 - 15:00 Advantages and drawbacks for international trade of torrefied products
    Mark Beekes, KEMA Nederland BV (Arnhem, Netherlands)

  • 15:00 - 15:20 First experiences from large-scale combustion and co-firing tests with refined biomass fuels
    Nader Padban, Vattenfall (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • 15:20 - 15:50 Coffee break
    Chairperson: Martin Junginger, IEA Bioenergy Task 40 (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

  • 15:50 - 16:10 Andritz torrefaction technologies and summary of pilot plant operation in Austria and Denmark
    Klaus Trattner, Andritz AG (Graz, Austria)

  • 16:10 - 16:30 Accelerating the adoption of second generation solid biomass
    Andy Piers, River Basin Energy, Highlands Ranch (CO, USA)

  • 16:30 - 16:45 AREVA's pathway to an industrially-proven torrefaction process
    Natacha Kienlen, Areva (Paris, France)

  • 16:45 - 17:40 Round Table: The way forward for technology suppliers, project developers, consumers

  • 17:40 - 17:50 Closing by Chairperson

Contact Address

Österreichischer Biomasse-Verband
Franz Josefs-Kai 13
A-1010 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 533 0797-0
Fax: +43 (1) 533 0797-90