Airex Energy produces CarbonFX at Canada’s first biomass torrefaction plant

Laval, QC-based Airex Energy recently inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, an industrial size demonstration plant for its biomass torrefaction technology, CarbonFX. The plant is in Bécancour, QC. The company says the technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions for industries still using coal or coal by-products.

Airex Energy’s torrefaction process transforms biomass residues into biocoal pellets, a clean and renewable fuel that can replace coal and oil. Biocoal’s unique properties allow it to easily disintegrate, so it can be ground up and combined with bituminous coal in thermal power stations producing electricity, without major changes to existing systems for handling, storing, and grinding coal.

The CarbonFX system also produces biochar, a product with a high carbon content used for soil remediation, liquid filtration and metal reduction. Biochar, when mixed with compost or peat moss, promotes plant growth. Biochar also helps reduce metals and enables rehabilitation of former mining sites.

Airex Energy’s aim is to export Carbon- FX systems worldwide with the entire forest industry, including sawmills, pulp and paper, and wood pellet producers being its primary market. Processing wood residues into value-added products can allow companies in the sector to increase their profitability while diversifying their sources of income. The simple design and small footprint makes the CarbonFX technology costcompetitive, says the company.

Airex Energy is a spin-off from Airex Industries, which specializes in industrial air-treatment systems. Amongst its CarbonFX research partners are FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products.

Airex Energy, www.airex-energy.com

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