Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP) is developing torrefaction equipment based upon innovative technology developed by North Carolina State University, for which ATP has an exclusive, world-wide license. The machinery cost-effectively converts agricultural and forestry biomass into a dry, energy-dense, logistically-efﬁcient and more usable, solid renewable fuel. Kusters Zima Corporation is ATP’s engineering and manufacturing partner.
Torrefaction is a thermo-chemical treatment of biomass. The process cost-effectively converts cellulosic biomass, like wood chips and bio-crops, into a substance which can be used as a coal substitute; as a superior feedstock from which to make stronger, more energy dense and water repellent energy pellets; and as a superior feedstock from which to make cellulosic ethanol, using gasiﬁcation methods.