[Gasification] FW: Gasification internship opportunity in Philippines

Doug doug.williams.nz at gmail.com
Tue May 1 16:40:24 CDT 2018

Hi Gasification Colleagues,

While we can "collectively" offer Mr Feinstein just about everything for 
his project from a commercial perspective, his project description 
clearly states that they wish to develop cheap low cost solutions to 
become locally manufactured. These are the things that bother me 
regarding their concept objectives.

1. If he imports a Intern Engineer for $500 a month, just how much real 
value could this person offer for such a short term contract?

2. Making charcoal, no problem, but easiest and cheapest option reduces 
waste heat collection or close coupled combustion for driers.

3. Quality of charcoal for power generation is OK for the cheapest char 
making option, but this is not the quality found in activated carbon.

4. Steam is required for blanching the product, so a low cost boiler is 
a necessity, along with water treatment, the main factor of boiler 
efficiency, even cheap ones.

5. Steam blanching has an issue of toxic waste water, and in a rural 
location, ground water will become contaminated unless treated. Do they 
know about this and who will monitor the ground water?

6. Maybe activated carbon can be used to clean up the waste stream, but 
it would be purchased, as a cheap char option does not create the type 
of temperature or steam pressures to make it.

  7. No indicative amount of power generation is stated, but one might 
think it would be at least 15-20 kWe given that motor start-ups on oil 
extruder's etc, need power generation reserves. Cheap generators can be 
an expensive low cost solution, especially if any computers become part 
of the process.

Start-up rural projects like this have a history which tell us not to 
reinvent the wheel yet once again. The easiest way to do this is to 
offer unpaid enthusiastic help to the selected engineering graduate, and 
this open Gasification list offers a good way to do it., So who is in, 
what can you offer Mr Feinsteins team?

Doug Williams,

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