Biomass Pre-Treatment for Bioenergy

Date Apr 2019


This report summarizes the conclusions of an IEA Bioenergy Inter-Task project on Fuel pretreatment of biomass residues in the supply chain for thermal conversion. The report shows how currently available pretreatment technologies and technologies under development can potentially help in improving and enabling the supply chains for available solid biomass resources for thermochemical conversion. Five carefully selected case studies describe key options for pretreatment of solid biomass resources for energy generation, including their costs, effectiveness and commercial status. Case studies included biomass torrefaction, pretreatment practices of forest residues, treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) to Solid Recovered Fuel for gasification, steam explosion of biomass, and leaching of herbaceous biomass.

The case studies are available here