Torrefied Wood Resources

Earlier this year, UNC-Chapel Hill’s co-generation plant announced that it would be coal-free by 2020.  As coal-burning power plants seek ways to reduce their environmental impact, some are turning to the use of biomass (plant material or animal waste) for the generation of steam, heat, and/or electricity.

Earlier this month, the co-generation plant, already one of the most efficient power plants in the nation, co-fired coal with biomass in the form of dried wood pellets and will continue to test wood pellets in addition to torrefied wood – aka biochar – a product that is similar to charcoal.

Here are some useful links to learn more about torrefied wood:

NPR Story: Roasted wood: An alternative to coal energy?

PPT Presentation: Using Torrefied Wood for Electricity, Briquette & Pellet Production

Pdf of a PPT: What is Woody Biomass Energy and What Will it Mean to Forestry in North Carolina?

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1 Response to “Torrefied Wood Resources”


  1. 1 Susan Higdon October 14, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    I think it is definitely a step in the right direction. I hope that other colleges and universities see the progress and can follow suit.


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