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New Partnership Explores Biomass as a Clean Fuel Source

June 13, 2011

Humboldt State University, Renewable Fuel Technologies, and Schatz Lab collaboration shows promise for forest renewal, clean energy

Monday, June 13, 2011:  Humboldt, CA and San Mateo, CA- Renewable Fuel Technologies and the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) today announced a research partnership.  Together with Humboldt State University’s Department of Forestry they will study torrefaction – a heat process that removes water and breaks down forest waste, producing a dry material that burns cleanly.

The research partners’ ultimate goal is to develop a renewable replacement for coal.   RFT has made available its demonstration-scale, mobile torrefaction prototype for research, experiments, and evaluations.

Mobile torrefaction holds great promise in converting woody biomass to clean fuel:  the greatest cost to industry has been transporting it from the forest source to a conversion site.  Fuel, equipment and logistics costs have, until now, greatly reduced biomass’ commercial viability.

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