Biocoal production and prototype large scale biomass logistics hub in the Port of Rotterdam
Bioenergy accounts for 8.4 % of the total energy consumption and 68% of the total European renewable (biomass, hydro, sun, wind) energy. Biomass represents one of the most important sources of energy for renewable heat, with 95.5% of renewable heat. Nevertheless, biomass is limited by the fact that abundant biomass resources are low in energy density, and result in fuels that require special combustion. Additionally, Biomass energy needs high investments at power stations, for shipping and storage. New fuels (biocoals) have been either unsuitable or expensive. Therefore an innovative concept that targets these problems has to be developed.
The project will design and operate the world’s first large scale bulk biomass fuel hub which uses only storage and handling equipment typical for coal terminals and power stations. It assembles the key components along the full value chain, from biomass sourcing, logistics, fuel production, densification and combustion for the first time, and does so at economics. Additionally, with the RBE’s torrefaction technology it is possible to (1) produce a biomass fuel, which meets all industry requirements, but also (2) achieving it at conversion economics which are the absolute lowest by a significant margin.
Ongoing project (duration: 2014-2017)
Project Coordination and Management:
Maarten von Rossum (project manager)
Tel.: +41 795 999819
- Braunschweiger Versorgungs-AG & Co. KG
- Europees Massagoed-Overslagbadrijf B.V.
- Laborelec C.V.
- River Basin Energy Nederland B.V.
- Sea2Sky Energy UK Ltd
- Technische Universiteit Delft
- Fuel: Lowest cost scalable biomass fuel for substitution of coal in power and heat
- Technology: Lowest cost solid biomass torrefaction technology
- Logistics: Prototype large scale biomass logistics hub using existing coal assets in the port of Rotterdam