We purchase agricultural waste and by-products from farmers in Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique and convert to energy pellets. In this way we stop the wholesale burning of this waste thus reducing CO2 emissions as well as providing much needed extra income to some of the poorest citizens of Mozambique
What is Torrefaction?
Torrefaction is a thermochemical treatment of biomass at 200 to 320 °C (392 to 608ºF). It is carried out under atmospheric pressure and in the absence of oxygen, i.e. with no air. During the torrefaction process, the water contained in the biomass as well as superfluous volatiles are released, and the biopolymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) partly decompose, giving off various types of volatiles that are captured by superfine filters. The final product is the remaining solid, dry, blackened material that is referred to as torrefied biomass or bio-coal. It repels water and thus can be stored in moist air or rain without appreciable change in moisture content or heating value, unlike the original biomass from which it is made. These are the perfect properties for a renewable and sustainable fuel.
Mozambique Renewables has been awarded a DUAT (land lease) of 3000 hectares of 'heavily modified' land near the village of Micolene (population.3000) and a mere 35km from the deep water port of Nacala, to establish an elephant grass plantation. The project will provide: