BSP licenses technology from RBE, plans Louisiana biocoal plant

By Biomass Secure Power Inc. | April 18, 2018

Biomass Secure Power Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with River Basin Energy Inc. The agreement came into effect on April 14 and gives Biomass Secure Power the perpetual worldwide rights for all of the intellectual property (IP) and patents currently owned by River Basin Energy. 

The IP includes patented technology that will be deployed at BSP’s Natchitoches, Louisiana, plant for the manufacture of biocoal (torrefied biomass briquettes). Biocoal is a sustainable fuel replacement for power generators currently burning coal. BSP believes that this patented process will be a major game changer for power companies currently using coal to generate electrical power. Conversion to Biocoal is very attractive to the end users as it involves little or no CAPEX expenditure to implement. Contained in the technology package are a number of patents associated with the pelletizing of biocoal at high temperature. High temperature briquetting provides a product that is can be stored and handled using the same equipment currently in use for handling brown coal. 

BSP will deploy the newly acquired technology to process wood chips in a fluid bed reactor at its planned Natchitoches plant in Louisiana. The product of the reactors is a continuous stream of torrefied wood chips that will be formed into briquettes. The briquettes will be used to generate electrical power from a certified sustainable fuel source. The patented process produces a superior product; typically containing 30 percent more energy than a standard white wood pellet and not requiring special handling and storage equipment.

BSP has engaged Wood PLC as the EPC for the Natchitoches plant and expects to break ground in the spring. This plant will be the first plant to produce a torrefied product in large volumes. It is planned to install equipment that will produce 240,000 metric tons per year at the end of phase 1 construction. BSP plans to continue the development of the Natchitoches plant in 2 further phases, increasing production by 400,000 metric tons per year for each added phase. The plant is expected to meet its full capacity of 1 million metric tons per year within 36 months.