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Biomass - Interesting information

Biomass is organic matter derived from living organisms and plants that have existed in recent times, and acquired their energy through carbon fixation. Biomass does not include fossil formed carbons.

Biomass is abundant in cellular energy derived from carbon fixation, and is used as an alternative fuel source to fossil fuels.

Pellatised biomass
Pellatised biomass

Due to the limitation in supply of fossil fuels, it is imperative that we look toward biomass for the production of hydrocarbons to create energy.

The TRU plant processes biomass via true pyrolysis. Pyrolysis differs to gasification as the feedstock is exposed to higher temperatures of >1010ºC in the absence of oxygen. No ‘burning’ takes place within the TRU process which leads to greater efficiencies in creating a highly volatile syngas, and a very high grade of biochar. The biochar created from biomass using a TRU is far superior to market based agricultural char.


The TRU pyrolysis plant is a continuous feed operation. Most gasification plants require loading, batch processing, and re-commissioning.

The TRU pyrolysis plant can run 24/7 processing a continuous feed of up to 3 ton per hour.

Different sized plants are available from a half ton per hour to a 3 ton perhour plant.

Suitable biomass feedstock for the TRU include:

  • MSW (Municipal waste)
  • Livestock waste
  • Sewage
  • Wood (treated, untreated, construction timber, polluted timber, wood chip, sawdust, MDF, chipboard,
  • Green waste; including trees, shrubs, lawn clippings, humus, weeds
  • Algae, hysinth,
  • Crop waste; starch crops, sugar crops, oilseed crops, nut husks

Emissions from the TRU are minimal. Far less than EPA standards for air quality