[Gasification] Power Pallet

Tom Miles tmiles at trmiles.com
Thu Jan 31 11:32:11 CST 2013

>yes, but remember that all that run these fuels to date are doing so by
tolerating a dirty gas non tar solving reactor, and fighting the tar problem
in the filtering.  on the low tech end this is nearly always a water
scrubbing system, which really just >moves the toxic problem somewhere else,
and actual real world running is highly unattractive.  yes, it will work for
the demo, but the ongoing issues with the bongwater cofferdam challenges
health, regulatory and general pleasurable >concerns.

Not so fast. You can't write off "tar making" gasifiers completely. While
your observation may be true for hundreds of low cost gasifiers now in use,
in the last five years I have seen three small scale gas cleaning systems
using wet scrubbers that would pass California air quality and safety
regulations. One is produced commercially and was demonstrated at the 300
kWe scale. Another was demonstrated at 300 KWe and used on a 1 MWe system.
One was demonstrated on a 100 kWe downdraft gasifier generating 100 kWe from
grass seed screenings. I know of another two in development for the 40 kWe
scale. (I also know of at least one that has failed miserably.) 

Tar making gasifiers may be a solution for some very difficult but abundant
fuel like rice husks and agricultural residues if the tars can be managed
and destroyed acceptably.  


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