Restoration Fuels, LLC
Restoration Fuels is a torrefaction facility co-located with the Malheur Lumber Company in John Day, Oregon and surrounded by the Malheur National Forest. We use tree thinnings and low-value wood materials primarily coming from stewardship projects in national forests and private land treatments to produce environmentally-friendly fuel for energy.
Torrefaction is the roasting of wood in a low-oxygen environment – like roasting coffee beans – and produces a renewable biomass fuel that is a direct replacement for coal at existing power plants. The market demand for this product has the potential to meet our forest health needs both in the near- and longer-term. The facility is comprised of individual operations that are similar to the current pellet mill operations at Malheur Lumber. The plant consists of a wood-fired boiler, a belt dryer, a rotary kiln torrefaction reactor, and a briquetting system. The plant is being designed for a production capacity of 100,000 tons of product annually. The first few years will be a ramp-up period; we anticipate achieving full production capacity by the third year of operations.
Restoration Fuels is a subsidiary of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the nation’s largest public charity dedicated to keeping forests as forests and advancing family-wage jobs in forest-rich rural communities. Almost everything the Endowment does to advance its North American mission is rooted in market-based solutions.