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Production of Activated Carbon from Straw

23-Jun-17 - Significant quantities of activated carbon are now being produced from wheat straw. The 1m diameter TORBED non pressurised air blown gasifier installed at a heating station near Wroclaw in Poland is producing more than 20 tonnes per week as a valuable byproduct that is finding a ready market for environmental application. The char characteristics can be seen here.

Ingetecsa commission two starch driers utilising the TORBED Technology

31-March-2017 - Process engineering group Ingetecsa of Barcelona has announced that it has commissioned two new spiral flash drier plants utilising the TORBED processs reactors under licence from Torftech. The driers were installed in Indonesia (4m diameter) and Thailand (3m diameter). With the successful commissioning of the 10 t/h 4.5m diameter sawdust drier by Cedrus of Poland with an increasing order book developing, it is clear that these new drier ranges are finding growing markets with their reduced capital costs, higher efficiency and greatly reduced footprint.

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 and +44 1635 898 754 #1021

Naveen Goswami on and + 91 9971406655, + 919971466655

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

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.

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.

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.

Biomass Dryers

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Another good performance!

30-Oct-2015 - The UNFCCC has published its latest annual monitoring report on Angkor Bio Cogen, the rice husk-fired power station in Cambodia that has a TORBED EBR at its heart.  The report and its predecessors remain available on the UNFCCC website under project reference 0363.  These provide easily available external validation of the long term operational effectiveness of the TORBED in an operating power station.  They also confirm the TORBED reactor’s unique ability to combust rice husk without producing crystalline silica ash, which is highly carcinogenic.  In addition to the health benefits, the amorphous silica produced by the TORBED combustor has a wide range of valuable industrial uses.

Group appoints new Finance Director

29-May-2016 - We are pleased to announce that Andrew Bride has joined the board as group finance director.  Andrew has been working with us as an adviser since January 2014 and brings to the group, in addition to his direct financial skills,  many years of experience in the infrastructure sector and a deep understanding of many of the markets in which we work.   Andrew is a Chartered Accountant.  His academic background is in economics.

Topell Energy reaches another torrefaction milestone

23-Feb-2014 - Torrefaction, a staged roasting process of woody biomass, to create a dense product with a high calorific value and coal like characteristics - but yet renewable - has reached a new milestone, which could accelerate growth of the emerging torrefaction market.

Topell Energy, a leading provider of innovative torrefaction solutions, has successfully provided a 2300 tonnes sample of torrefied pellets from their plant in Duiven, the Netherlands, to test co-firing performance at traditional coal power plants and the results are reported to be excellent (source:, press release, 4 February 2014).

Apart from excellent potential as a coal replacement, torrefied wood offers lower cost and safer transportation vs. traditional wood pellets. In addition, new areas of usage are under development, including designer carbon for use in industrial processes and as feedstock for higher grade syngas generation for CHP plants and ultimately for production of bio-chemicals and bio-fuels.   

The Topell torrefaction plant at Duiven is utilising TORBED reactors for the core torrefaction process, offering unique process control and the ability to produce consistent output efficiently. The TORBED reactors and the associated Torftech Technology is exclusively owned and marketed globally by Torftech Energy, a progressive provider of innovative biomass and waste feedstock upgrading and decentralised power plant solutions.

Successful commissioning of waste coal recovery process

21-Jan-2014 - Torftech is pleased to announce the successful commissioning of a coal slimes recovery plant for Coalstar Pty at EVRAZ (Highveld Steel) in South Africa. A 1m diameter TORBED unit is used to flash dry 2 t/h of ultra-fine coal from slimes. This new process has the ability to be scaled to turn millions of tonnes of hitherto waste and valueless coal into a valuable resource for pulverised fuel (PF) combustion processes without any need for milling the coal feed. This is a major advance in the capability to reduce CO2 emissions from heavy industrial plant through reduction of uncontrolled losses to the environment and removal of need to mill with attendant power consumption.

Torftech Energy to supply combustion technology for 200 MWe Rice Husk powered generation plants

08-Oct-2013 - Hau Giang Power Plant Joint Stock Company and CHE Group Malaysia entered into a joint venture collaboration on September 24th to supply a total of 200 MWe of energy using biomass power plants located in the south western part of Vietnam. There will be 18 to 20 Biomass power plants constructed in strategic locations of which Hau Giang province will be the first to “host” the construction of a 10 MWe power plant. The power plants that will supply the 200 MWe of power will be located in 6 Provinces and installed over the next 5 to 6 years; the construction of the first plant will commence at the end of 2013.

Torftech Energy is supplying its “state-of-the-art” TORBED based combustion system utilizing rice husk as fuel to generate electricity at all of these new plants. These TORBED combustion systems will be manufactured and supplied through the CHE Group from Malaysia under licence from Torftech Energy. This is the 'first of its kind' power plant to be located in Vietnam - one of its unique features is the ability of the process to produce a non-hazardous high quality ash. The production of such an ash provides considerable advantages over conventional combustion plants as the ash can be used as a cement substitute for enhancing concrete strength. The ash generated, using the proprietary TORBED combustion technology developed by Torftech from United Kingdom, has the trade mark ‘Agrisilica’ that guarantees its quality and enables the export of the ash to major economies in the region. This is one of the key factors that permit the additional investment costs that result when using more advanced European Technology.

Mr Douglas Barnes, HM Consul General and Director of UK Trade and Investment in Vietnam, attending the signing ceremony commented “I am absolutely delighted that a British technology has been instrumental in the award of this contract. The emerging biomass and waste to energy markets in Vietnam show enormous potential and it is encouraging that British, Malaysian and Vietnamese companies have collaborated to develop appropriate technologies to meet the anticipated rapidly growing demands in this market sector. This project is a first class example of how innovative UK companies like Torftech are developing their global business through international partnerships”.

Torftech Energy Ltd launched

12-Sep-2013 - The race is on for a more efficient, clean and sustainable use of energy. The energy mix is changing towards a greater use of renewable energy sources, including biomass and non-recyclable organic matters from waste.

Wherever possible, closed-loop energy management will prevail, driving smaller scale, community based energy generation. Where energy sources cannot be found locally, efficient feedstock supply chains must be further developed.

Backed by more than 30 years of R&D investment, project delivery experience, patented IP and know-how within the Torftech Group, Torftech Energy has been established to exploit opportunities within the energy sector. This will be done by building on an existing portfolio of licence, collaboration and joint venture agreements.

Torftech Energy offers unique and innovative biomass and waste, multi-fuel energy solutions at system or plant turnkey level, namely:

·  Feedstock upgrading, including drying and torrefaction

·  Conversion of feedstock to heat and syngas through pyrolysis, gasification or combustion

·  Production of heat, electricity and other valuable by-products from syngas

The enabling technologies are underpinned by Torftech Energy having acquired the global rights for exploitation of the TORBED reactors for biomass and waste processing within the energy sector.

Over the past 3 decades, the generic TORBED reactors have been well proven in more than 160 commercial plants in a range of industries - and in more recent years - within the energy sector. The technologies have long range protection through a substantial and actively maintained global portfolio of patents and trademarks and delivery is supported by in-house specialist experience and know-how.

Torftech Energy is ready to play a significant role in shaping the new energy future.

Royal visit to Cambodian TORBED Rice Husk combustor

19-Jul-2013 - King Sinamoni, Queen Mother and Samdech Hun Sen visit TORBED rice husk combustion plant on their visit to Angkor Rice, Cambodia. See photos from the visit here

When the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine....

12-Jul-2011….there is one British technology that can provide the ‘green’ backup power that is needed – the TORBED Energy Technologies.

There are more than 150 plants using this technology around the world in the process industries, now is the time to apply them to back up our British planned solar and wind resources.
The TORBED Energy Technologies have been adapted for:
* Production of a coal replacement (‘biocoal’) manufactured from organic wastes such as wood, agricultural residues and energy crops.
* Conversion of organic wastes directly to heat or useful gas for power generation and/or heating and valuable by-products.
* Drying of sludges, slurries and other wet solid fuels that otherwise cannot be usefully converted to energy.
Today, most electricity is produced from coal. We believe that in the future most electricity will be produced from biomass and wastes. This will cause a major leap forward in the decarbonisation of energy production while leveraging the enormous installed base of current power production assets and invested capital, making this major leap forward affordable and fast.
There is sufficient sustainable biomass in the world to turn it into the most significant and reliable source of renewable energy. However, when untreated, biomass is expensive to transport, store, and combust. Additionally, it can only be combusted (co-fired) to a limited extent in the current power plants.
These limitations are lifted when the biomass is first torrefied. Upgrading the biomass through torrefaction makes it cheaper to transport, store and combust, and enables large-scale co-firing (alongside fossil fuel such as coal or as a direct replacement) in existing energy plants without modification. Torrefaction is a necessary step to allow the large-scale, fast and affordable deployment of biomass as a fuel (‘biocoal’), so as to allow biomass to contribute meaningfully to the decarbonisation of the world’s energy supply.
After many years of research and development, the TORBED Energy Technologies have been put into full scale commercial production initially to produce 60,000 tonnes per annum output of biocoal per module.
Combustion and Gasification
The conversion of solid feed stocks to heat for heating and/or electrical power is a well served market at very large scale.
What the new TORBED Energy Technologies bring is true scalability from 1 to 20MW using combustion with the same fundamental technology. As gasifiers, this technology can produce up to 100MW of thermal output.
Converting this gas/heat energy to electricity, the output ranges from 0.25 to 25MW. These sizes suit distributed power plants – most wastes cannot be transported any great distances economically so local conversion of wastes to energy is most appropriate. Agricultural wastes such as straw are abundant and an ideal fuel for distributed heat and power generation.
Many industrial processes produce waste streams with energy that should be used. Paper recycling for example produces large quantities of waste sludge which is capable of being recycled to energy and recoverable solids.
Most sludges and slurries described above are too wet for direct combustion or gasification and a drying step is needed. The TORBED Energy Technologies are also in use for drying these difficult feed streams.
For further information, please contact us at

Torftech wins Exporter of the Year award from British Polish Chamber of Commerce ('BPCC')

07-May-2010 - David Thomas, BPCC chairman, Martin Oxley, the BPCC’s CEO and Roger Hogkiss, CEO of Link4 presented Martin Groszek, Group Managing Director of the Torftech Group, with the BPCC ‘Exporter of the Year’ award for 2010 at Warsaw’s Hilton Hotel on 29th April.

To quote the BPCC ‘Torftech is very much a company for our time. Having developed an innovative technology for the clean-burn of bio-waste through a system of gasification, the company settled on Poland as its manufacturing base. Over 100 of the bio-waste combusting boilers have been built in Świdnica and exported to countries such as Canada, Germany and Denmark. In June this year, the first commercial power plant in Poland using a Torftech bio-waste gasifier will open for business. Torftech's system of gasifying bio-waste such as straw reduces CO2 emissions by 92% compared with the burning of coal. The gasifiers produce between one and five megawatts of power as well as hot water for local housing. The potential for thousands of power plants like this across the agricultural areas of the world offers a sustainable alternative to coal powered generation.’

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