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    Date submitted
  • 17-Feb-2016

Torr Energy


In many parts of the emerging market, one acre of farm on average produces 2-3 tons of plant-based agricultural (i.e. biomass) waste per season. Yet small-holder farmers typically set this waste on fire because there is often no economic value in this waste, as farmers are in a hurry to clear their land for the next planting. Acres and acres of burning biomass waste cause toxic smoke, urban smog, and respiratory illnesses, and these plumes of smoke can be seen even from space (NASA, 2013). A 2014 Stanford study shows that burning biomass contributes to 18% of global CO2 emissions. This burned biomass also represents a US$120 billion/year of wasted income opportunity for the farmers.

We represent low-cost, mobile reactor units that enable decentralized densification (torrefaction) of farm (biomass) waste onsite, without the input of heat/energy. Because this process improves biomass quality (shelf life, density, transportability), the waste becomes a high-quality, densified feedstock for existing biomass-to-energy processes. By making it economical to source waste in a decentralized way and reducing transport cost by 30%, we open up new rural areas where waste was previously too remote to be economically converted.

We use our reactor units to help set up a network of village-based for-profit operations in joint partnership. These locally managed operations will create new income/job opportunities, provide renewable energy, manage waste, and reduce air pollution.


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