The overall SteamBio concept is to create a commercially viable platform that can stabilise biomass materials close to source for subsequent biochemical and bioenergy uses. The platform will be scalable enabling both mobile deployment according to seasonal demands and fixed location for high volume throughputs.
The core enabling technology is Superheated Steam Processing. Superheated Steam is an efficient heat transfer medium implemented at industrial scales in drying applications. It has been proven at pilot scales to torrefy assorted biomass materials into hydrophobic and grindable solids with value-added volatile compounds as a side stream. The continuous Superheated Steam Processing technology platform in SteamBio is scalable and has been proven technically at industrial scales with temperatures up to and in excess of 300°C.
SteamBio overcomes many of the limitations of existing torrefaction approaches with all outputs being clean and uncontaminated by flue gases enabling maximum value recovery and minimal environmental impacts.
Project Status – June 2016
SteamBio aims to provide an adaptable industrial process that allows the use of assorted agricultural and forestry residues as a flexible feedstock for biochemical and bioenergy use. Confidence in this project delivering to the market is high as it approaches its mid-term stage. This has been reflected by the project exploitation lead, Network New Europe Ltd incorporating Steam Bio Ltd as a new company which will be the primary vehicle for the commercial exploitation of the SteamBio project results.
Project Status – April 2016
SteamBio has already selected six different reference-materials that are abundant and available from European forestry and farming operations. A demonstration unit with a throughput of 500kg/hour is currently under design and construction and will be deployed at different rural locations by January 2017. If you want to see this unit in operation during 2017, please contact Huw Parry.