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Ever hear of torrefaction? Basically, it’s a fancy word that means making solid bio-fuel (a very valuable resource) from woody biomass (just what it sounds like: trees and woody plants, a.k.a. forest management by-products). Torrefaction isn’t new, but Topell Energy’s method is: the company’s super-efficient process takes only 100 seconds per particle, whereas other systems take 30 minutes. The environmentally-friendly biofuel that results can be used directly in power plants in place of fossil coal. No costly upgrades required.
Why it’s cool:
Fossil fuels are bad–biomass is good. Topell Energy’s torrefaction breakthrough gives biomass a chance to topple fossil fuels once and for all–it’s cheap, efficient, environmentally friendly, and powerful. A win for biofuel is a win for the environment, so we should all be rooting for Topell Energy to succeed.