4月21日，日本制纸株式会社（Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.）与隶属于SCG纸业公司的泰国凤凰浆纸公司（Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd.）签署了一项联合研究和开发协议，由日本制纸株式会社在泰国投资。在这个联合研究的过程中，他们将在泰国安装示范设施，通过利用碳化技术以及泰国凤凰浆纸公司（PPPC）生产过程中的木质生物质资源，从而生产木质生物质燃料（碳化颗粒）。
Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. signed a joint research and development agreement with Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd., a core company of SCG Packaging's Fibrous Business Chain, invested by Nippon Paper Industries in Thailand, on April 21. In the course of this joint research, they will install demonstration facilities in Thailand for the production of woody biomass fuel (torrefied pellets) using torrefaction technology along with the woody biomass resources that PPPC possesses.
Torrefaction refers to a type of technology for leaving a larger quantity of calorie than is left in normal carbonization by carbonizing woody biomass at a relatively low temperature. Torrefied pellets are superior to pellets made with only woody biomass (white pellets) or woody chips both in terms of water resistance and grindability. The increased density of energy leads to benefits such as reduced logistics costs.
Nippon Paper Industries has decided to begin demonstrative production on a scale of 8,000 tons per year in collaboration with PPPC. It will use the accumulated torrefaction technology and ultimately aim to commercialize it for market release.
The demonstration facilities for production will be installed on the premises of the mill of PPPC in the northeastern part of Thailand. They will utilize woody biomass as a raw material from the company-contracted forested site nearby. The facilities will begin production of torrefied pellets in spring 2017, with the plan being to ascertain the potential for commercialization around the end of December of the same year after a mixed combustion experiment with a pulverized coal boiler at Kushiro Mill (Kushiro, Hokkaido).
日本制纸株式会社设想在其实现商业化的时候，安装年生产能力为80000吨的商业化生产设施。它还将在亚洲做市场调研，三井物产株式会社（Mitsui & Co. Ltd.）社示范试验也在进行中。
Nippon Paper Industries envisions installing commercial production facilities with a yearly production capacity of 80,000-ton when commercialization is realized. It will also do market research in Asia with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. demonstrative experiments are being conducted.
木质生物燃料作为可再生能源为全球所需，可以减少二氧化碳排放量。日本国内需求也越来越高。There is a global demand for woody biomass fuel as the renewable energy that can reduce carbon-dioxide emission. Domestic demand is also becoming higher in Japan.
In the future, torrefied pellets are expected to provide greater benefits than other types of woody biomass fuels. As a comprehensive biomass company shaping the future with trees, Nippon Paper Industries will work to commercialize the operation technology for the stable production of torrefied pellets in order to expand the categories of the energy business Nippon Paper Industries focuses on from the supply of fuel to power generation.