Chilliwack B.C. lab to conduct funded studies for drying different types
OTTAWA, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - March 6, 2008 - Thermal Energy is pleased
to announce that it has established a DRY-REX(TM) test facility to handle
funded research projects on drying different sources of biomass for use as
The laboratory in Chilliwack, B.C. is under the supervision of the
Thermal Energy's Chief Scientist Dr. Raymond Belanger. It has already received
its first contract from an Italian firm to conduct drying tests on grape
pressings and orange pressings. This is one of several requests from potential
customers in Europe's bioenergy sector seeking to determine the viability of
the DRY-REX(TM) low temperature biomass dryer at their sites.
"With all fossil fuels increasing in price at the same time as demand
grows for eco-friendly alternatives, more and more manufacturers and producers
are realizing their waste has the potential to become valuable biofuels," said
Thermal Energy President and CEO Tim Angus. "Our new lab provides a
cost-effective way for them to determine the viability of converting their
biomass for this use or for as a secondary commercial product.
"The lab also acts as a catalyst for selling DRY-REX(TM) technology to
help customers achieve their goals," said Mr. Angus. The low operating
temperatures of DRY-REX(TM) minimize the amount of volatile organic compounds
(VOCs) generated from biomass and the risk of fires and explosions which can
occur with high temperature systems. Where high temperature systems require
burning of fossil fuels, DRY-REX(TM) can safely and easily utilize the waste
heat generated from a variety of industrial and commercial processes.
Thermal Energy has received a number of inquiries from across North
America and Europe for a variety of drying needs. These include drying waste
streams such as wood fuel, industrial and municipal sewage sludge, food and
beverage waste, and other materials for use as biofuels.
Thermal Energy has also received inquiries from ethanol producers looking
to dry their distillers grain. Distillers grain is often used as feed for
livestock. On average, for every bushel of corn used for Ethanol, producers
get 11 litres of ethanol and 7 kilograms of distillers grains.
The lab is equipped with a gravimetric moisture analyzer to determine the
concentration of moisture and solids before and after testing. It will also be
equipped with a calorimetric "bomb" - a device for measuring the calorific or
heating values of dried waste products to determine their financial value as a
About Thermal Energy
Thermal Energy International Inc. is an innovative technology company
providing custom energy and emission reduction, and bioenergy solutions.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, TEI is a designer, design build developer,
fabricator, owner, operator and supplier of proprietary and patented energy
conservation, renewable energy and environmental technology solutions. Thermal
Energy is a fully accredited professional engineering firm, and offers
advanced process and applications engineering services. The Company is a proud
member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). FLU-ACE(R), Dry-Rex(TM),
THERMALONOx(TM) and THERMALOZOMAx(TM), THERMAL AUD(TM) are trademarks of
Thermal Energy International. GEM(R) is a trademark used under exclusive
license from Gardner Energy Management Ltd.
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