23 Nov 2016

TORBED Biomass and Waste to Energy Technologies to be made available in India


23-Nov-2016 - Following on from the November visit to India led by the British Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, the Torftech Group of the UK and Mago Thermal of India have signed agreements to allow them to work together in India on the establishment of distributed power plant utilising biomass and wastes as fuel. The Torftech Group offers their proprietary TORBED process technologies for converting rice husks, rice straw and other biomass to energy and valuable by-products. Mago Thermal is an established supplier of complete systems to the Indian marketplace utilising their energy conversion plant construction experience.

Chris Dodson OBE DL, Chairman of the Torftech Group, commented “This is an exciting opportunity for the two companies to work together to supply India’s biomass to energy sector. The TORBED technologies allow unique by-products such as biochar which significantly improve the economics of these plants.”

Naveen Goswami of Mago Thermal stated that “The TORBED process technologies are an ideal fit for the Indian biomass to energy market.  This technology transfer between our two companies will enable Mago Thermal to increase focus on delivering the unique power plant solutions that give Indian customers a competitive edge on both costing and efficiency”.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Dodson on chris.dodson@torftech.com and +44 1635 898 754 #1021 www.torftech.com


Naveen Goswami on naveen.g@magothermal.com and + 91 9971406655, + 919971466655 www.magothermal.com

9 Nov 2016

Torftech travels to India with British Prime Minister Theresa May

07-Nov-2016 - We are proud to have been selected to travel to India with the British Prime Minister and Dr Liam Fox of DIT - see here


23 Sep 2016

Biomass Dryer Commissioning in Poland

23 Sep 2016 - The TORBED dryer order by Cedrus earlier in the year has been completed and will start commissioning tests in early October.

20 Sep 2016

Continued Exploration

20 Sep 2016 - Being an IP and design engineering company, curiosity, supported by rigorous science, has been at the heart of everything Torftech has done and has led us around the globe and across industrial sectors.  Continuing in this tradition, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rob Blissett as Process Development Manager.  Rob comes to us from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between Leeds University and Torftech. His experience in ashes and carbon product development will be invaluable to the group.

9 Sep 2016

Prototype Delivered

09-Sep-2016 - Building on our experience with Angkor Bio Cogen, we were asked if we could design a small rice-husk fired TORBED reactor-based system to generate heat from rice husk for use in driers at rice mills.  The key performance target for the unit was that it would not produce carcinogenic crystalline silica ash.  We are pleased to announce that initial tests on the ash were passed with flying colours and that the reactor is now being prepared for its journey to Cambodia for extended field testing.


26 Aug 2016

Biomass Dryers

26-Aug-2016 - Torftech receives a follow-up order from Cedrus of Poland for two further TORBED dryers.

29 Jul 2016

Relocation

29-Jul-2016 - Niels Overgaard, managing director of our Torftech Energy business has relocated to Singapore.  The ability of the TORBED reactors to process troublesome biomass wastes from crops such as oil palm and rice and produce not only heat and power but by-products with significant value gives us a novel angle from which to address the Asian market.

Carbon bonus

29-Jul-2016 - MZEC, the district heating company at Swidnice in Poland, uses a TORBED gasifier to generate heat from biomass, alongside its fleet of conventional coal-fired boilers.  When fired with straw, this EBR produces a significant quantity of biochar, which has commercial uses in soil remediation and improvement.  Several tonnes of biochar have been sold and more is on order, giving MZEC a significant stream of additional income from a valuable by-product.


15 Jul 2016

20th Anniversary

15-Jul-2016 - Torftech supplied 13 TORBED 6.0m diameter reactors to the Tiwai Point Comalco aluminium smelter in New Zealand back in 1996.  Used for scrubbing noxious waste gases, these reactors have been in operation ever since.


31 May 2016

Biomass Drier for Poland

31-May-2016 - We are pleased to announce that we have received an order for a 3.5m TORBED drier which will be used to dry waste sawdust to manufacture “white” pellets for biomass boilers.  Our customer is Cedrus in Poland who will manufacture parts of the unit under licence from our group.

31 Mar 2016

Fat Free!

31-Mar-2016 - The TORBED reactors ability to provide precision processing makes them ideal for producing snack foods that are not fried in oil.  At the end of March we completed the installation of a second machine at a major international snack food manufacturer.  In another first for the company, this TORBED reactor was manufactured in the UK.

3 Feb 2016

Torftech Energy leads decentralised biomass and waste gasification

03-Feb-2016 - Last year, Torche Energy - an industrial joint-venture between Torftech Energy and CHE Group of Malaysia – signed a contract with CHEVO Biobrid for delivery of a combined power and biochar production plant in front of senior executives of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, MIDA.



The plant will use Torftech Energy’s gasification technology - the TORBED reactor - to produce 1MW of electricity and valuable biochar from Empty Fruit Bunch, a biomass waste from the palm oil industry.  It will use a second TORBED reactor as a dryer, offering high efficiency and a small footprint, reducing the moisture of the feedstock prior to gasification

The plant will resolve a significant waste challenge, provide decentralised off-grid power for industrial use and biochars for soil improvement and other  value-added uses.

The design has been completed and construction has commenced. Commissioning will start in Q2 2016. This exciting  project cements Torftech Energy’s position  as a leader in the field of gasification, with proven ability to handle a variety of biomass and waste feedstocks, including wood, straw, rice husk and a range of waste-based fuels.


With multiple TORBED gasifiers now in operation, the added benefits of the application are becoming apparent. Their ability to handle fine feedstocks (such as sawdust) alone or combined with larger feed sizes sets this technology apart for small to medium scale application. Close control over operating temperatures within the gasifiers allows hitherto difficult materials (e.g., straws) to be processed with ease.  This flexibility, combined with high value, high surface area carbon char by-products forms part of a unique value proposition based on high quality British innovation and design.

11 Jan 2016

Regeneration in Louisiana

11-Jan-2016 - Torftech first provided a reactor to Catalyst Recovery Louisiana in 1997. Having operated near continuously for nearly 20 years, this reactor, which is used to regenerate spent refinery catalysts, was in need of refurbishment.  Delivery of a package of supplies and spare parts was completed before Christmas.  Once installed, this will allow the reactor a significantly extended life. 

1 Jan 2016

Held to Account

01-Jan-2016 - We are pleased to announce the appointment of Hayley White as financial controller.  Hayley joins us after a family based career break.  She previously worked for Schroders.