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The Swedish Gasification Project Shows That Advanced Biofuels Can Be Produced Very Efficiently
- Jun 04, 2018 -

This is an opportunity to shift to renewable energy for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large quantities of renewable products.This is the conclusion of researchers at Sweden's chalmers university of technology, who have witnessed a series of new technological achievements after a decade of energy research into the gasification of biomass.

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"The potential is huge, if the full implementation of this conversion, only use the existing power plant in Sweden, we can produce the equivalent of 10% of the global aviation fuel renewable fuels," Mr. Mustang energy technology professor Henrik Thunman said.

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is a thorny issue for many industries.For heavy oil industries, such as refineries or the paper and pulp industries, it is particularly urgent to start moving because of the long investment cycle.At the same time, it is important to have the right to invest because you may be forced to change boilers or facilities ahead of time, which means significant financial costs.As a result of the long-term strategic effort, Sweden, he now researchers at the university of technology has paved the way for radical change, these changes can be applied to the new devices, and can implement in the global thousands of existing plants.

The proposed solution involves expanding biomass gasification.The technology itself is not new.The simple explanation is that biomass is converted to gas at high temperatures.The gas can then be refined into the final product currently made from oil and gas.Chalmers researchers have shown that a possible end product, bio-gas, could replace existing natural gas.

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Previously, the development of gasification technology was hampered by major problems with the release of tar from biomass, which interfered with the process in many ways.Now, Mr. Mustang energy technology department researchers have shown that they can improve the quality of biological gas by chemical process, tar can also through the new approach to management.Combined with the parallel development of heat exchange materials, it provides a new possibility to convert regional heating boilers into material gasifier.

"Multiple industries so interested in the technology of the reason is that you can to the modification of existing boilers, then through production free of fossil fuels and chemicals to supplement the heat and power production," Mr. Mustang energy technology associate professor Martin Seemann said.

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"We reconstructed our own research boilers in this way in 2007, and now we have more than 200 years of research to support us," says prof Henrik Thunman."Combined with the industrial scale experience of the GoBiGas demonstration project launched in 2014, we can now say that this technology is ready for the world."

Converted to gasification are power and regional heating plants, paper mills and pulp mills, sawmills, oil refineries and petrochemical plants.

"Developed by researchers in zar mustang technology solutions associated with multiple industries," the Swedish energy agency sustainable industries, head of synchronized Helstad said, "Mr. Mustang ability and research infrastructure for GoBiGas demonstration project of advanced biofuels plays a crucial role."