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Biomass Gasification


Biomethane and Synthesis Gas = Renewable Natural Gas

The cleanest and greenest of all renewable fuels!

What is "
Biomass Gasification"?

Biomass Gasification is the process in which Synthesis Gas is produced in the Biomass Gasification process using organic wastes such as agricultural waste and urban wood waste. The Synthesis Gas is then used like any other fuel, such as natural gas, which is not a renewable fuel.

Many companies with organic waste couple a Biomass Gasification system with a cogeneration power plant, which is fueled by the Synthesis Gas - generated from "free" organic waste - for a sustainable power and energy solution.

What is "
Plasma Gasification?"

Plasma Gasification - is the thermal disintegration of carbonaceous materials into their elemental compounds in an oxygen-starved environment using a "plasma."

Plasma Gasification renders most waste streams, including medical/hospital waste, chemical waste, hazardous waste, and even low-level radioactive waste, completely safe and inert.  Plasma Gasification is the "ultimate" solution for handling most every waste stream that is now going into landfills. 

While there are, at present NO Plasma Gasification in commercial operation in the USA, we believe that some day, whether 5 years or 25 years, that Plasma Gasification plants will be located next to landfills, and take the waste that would have gone into the landfill, and be processed by Plasma Gasification.  Eventually, the waste and contents of landfills will be recovered and processed with Plasma Gasification plants.


Biomass Gasification

Advanced Gasification  Biomethane  *  Biomass Gasifiers  *  CHP Systems  *  Plasma Gasification

Syngas Cleanup  *  Synthesis Gas  *  Waste Gasification  *  Waste to Energy  *  Waste to Fuel

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What is Waste Gasification?

Waste Gasification is similar to Biomass Gasification, the only difference being the materials going into the gasification plant.

Both systems operate in one of several differing manners. Some gasification systems heat the waste to high temperatures inside of a retort with minimal oxygen (creating what is known as "
synthesis gas" which is a mixture of mostly hydrogen and carbon monoxide).

Gasifiers typically use a combustion reaction with some of the waste as fuel inside of the gasifier that produces the heat required for gasification. Others gasifiers use superheated steam as a catalyst to gasify red-hot coke or charcoal (resulting in "water gas", which is carbon monoxide and hydrogen).

Whichever technology or gasifier used, waste gasification turns waste into a fuel that can then be used to fuel a clean power generation power plant.

In the chemical industry, synthesis gas is a 2:1 mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
Synthesis gas is the main product produced from Biomass Gasification and Waste Gasification processes.

Another method of bioremediation and/or disposing of hazardous, toxic and MSW wastes is
Plasma Pyrolysis.

Plasma Pyrolysis is the process which involves heating waste in a sealed container without outside air. The synthesis gas that is produced from Plasma Pyrolysis normally has a higher btu rating than gasification gas. Liquids are also produced as a result of the Plasma Pyrolysis process.

Waste is placed into a gasifier which is a vessel that heats waste in the absence of oxidizing air to turn it into a
synthesis gas without actually burning it.

The resulting
synthesis gas is mostly hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). These are both valuable fuel gases. Other gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, water, hydrogen chloride, and carbon dioxide are also present and most of these will be removed by the scrubber.

synthesis gas can be used in several ways. It can be burned in a reciprocating piston engine to generate mechanical energy for electricity generation. This is the least efficient way of utilizing the synthesis gas. Another method is the combustion turbine, which allows mechanical energy to be produced, and the waste heat can be used for further heat or power generation. The synthesis gas can also be used in industrial process heating or it can be fired in a traditional boiler to produce steam. The synthesis gas may also be compressed for later use.

What is Syngas Cleanup?

In all gasification technologies (advanced gasification, biomass gasification, plasma gasification, waste gasification, etc.) Synthesis Gas or "Syngas," a renewable fuel is produced.  However "raw" Syngas contains impurities and contaminants that would destroy any engine or turbine if used in its' raw state.  Therefore these impurities must be removed by a process called Syngas Cleanup before syngas can be used "downstream."   

The impurities produced from any one gasification technology will vary - as well as the concentrations of the impurities - on the gasification technology as well as the temperature at which gasification occurs. Impurities typically found in the raw syngas include;

carbon dioxide
H2S / sulfur 
trace metals

Syngas Cleanup is absolutely critical in order to protect the "downstream" equipment which may include;

catalytic reactors 
fuel cells
gas turbines

as well as to meet today's more stringent emissions requirements. 

Syngas Cleanup technologies can be a significant first-cost and on-going operational cost in gasification projects. There are a number of Syngas Cleanup technologies available.

What is
Synthesis Gas?

Synthesis Gas, also referred to as "Syngas," is a green renewable fuel in a gas that contains hydrogen (h2) and carbon monoxide (CO).

Synthesis Gas is generated through Biomass Gasification plants using organic waste materials as feedstock to include agricultural waste as well as sewage sludge. These facilities are generally referred to as waste to fuel or waste-to-energy plants and generate power and energy with few to no emissions and no new "net" emissions of greenhouse gas emissions.


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Syngas Cleanup  *  Synthesis Gas  *  Waste Gasification  *  Waste to Energy  *  Waste to Fuel

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About us:

The founder of the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) was first involved in Net Zero Energy buildings and Solar Trigeneration sm energy system in 2001 - 2002.  This started with family-owned real estate developments in Northern and Southern California.  This interest was accelerated when REI's founder was introduced to the President of a solar company in Los Angeles and their client, the Audubon Nature Center at Deb's Park (Los Angeles) that was planning to build a new 5,000 sf office and conference center. Except, the new building for the Audubon Nature Center was about 1/2 mile from the end of the power lines and a very costly extension of the power lines to their new facility forced them to consider a solar solution. When the Audubon Nature Center's new 5,000 sf office and conference center was completed in 2003, the facility not only featured the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - they were awarded one of the first Platinum LEED Awards by the USGBC - and the powerlines were still 1/2 mile away! To this day, 100% of the power and energy for the Audubon Nature Center's building is supplied by the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - whether at 12 noon, or 12 midnite.  (The Audubon's facility also includes a battery energy storage system for back-up power generated by the Rooftop PV panels as well as a thermal energy storage system that stores the excess hot water generated by the evacuated tube collectors).

These early projects led to more client inquiries and engagements with real estate developers, architects and building owners in Southern California, Louisiana and Texas and the advent of a growing Net Zero Energy industry along with Solar Cogeneration sm  & Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems. This culminated in a family-owned 200 (Net Zero Energy) home real estate development in Desert Hot Springs which has been approved but not yet constructed. 

During this time, the REI's Founder became a volunteer and Advisor to the University of Texas' Solar Decathlon Competition. He coordinated the donation of the same solar thermal system used at the Audubon Nature Center's facility in Los Angeles, for UT's entry in the 2002 Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington, D.C.  UT's entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition placed 1st in the domestic hot water competition that year (2002) and 4th overall, out of 20 universities that had entered. 

In 2006, after Hurricane Kattrina devastated New Orleans, the REI was formed and several of the REI's board members and a Professor from the University of Texas School of Architecture formed a design team to enter the Brad Pitt/Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition.  Our entry also focused on sustainable building solutions and materials as well as the Net Zero Energy concepts, incorporating once again, a Solar Trigeneration sm energy system. 

Today, the REI "Flagship" has chartered the Renewable Energy Institute in Florida, with discussions to open REI state chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon. 

The REI supports greater use of Net Zero Energy systems by architects, builders, homeowners and owners of commercial buildings. This includes "upgrading" homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy.  The REI provides Net Zero Energy; advertising, business development, conferences, e-commerce, education, marketing, online marketing, public relations, renewable energy, sales and strategic marketing solutions for architects, builders, cities, colleges, HVAC contractors, Net Zero Energy developers, real estate developers and universities.

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