Vega Biofuels, Inc., has announced that it has "expanded its manufacturing capabilities" to include multiple sizes of its biocoal product to meet recent demand.
US-based torrefaction technology developer Vega Biofuels, Inc., has announced that it has “expanded its manufacturing capabilities” to include multiple sizes of its biocoal product to meet recent demand.
Its “generation 4 machine” has been used to produce a bio-coal product that looks very similar to a piece of traditional Powder River Basin Coal and is approximately the size of a golf ball. The company has developed both a powder version and a pellet version of its biocoal product.
In December 2016 Vega Biofuels revealed that it had filed a Provisional Patent Application with the US Patent and Trademark Office under the title, ‘Method and Apparatus for Torrefying Biomass‘. The application disclosure relates generally to wood used as a fuel source, and more particularly to systems, methods, and devices for torrefying biomass, such as wood or other agricultural biomass.
– We have had customers ask specifically for pellets and a powder version of our bio-coal and we felt that it was important to make some changes to our process to meet the demand. Coal-fired power plants still want the biocoal in chunk form, but there are some other applications that require a little different product. The energy created from the torrefaction process is similar in all of our products. This opens up a new market for our company and we look forward to marketing these products along with our ‘chunk’ biocoal that has received tremendous interest from all over the world, said Michael K. Molen, Chairman and CEO of Vega Biofuels, in a statement.