[Gasification] Enventix: Syngas and Biochar from Waste

Thomas Reed tombreed2010 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 12:14:56 CST 2011

Dear Tom, Jeff and all

In the 1950s I Worked at the Linde Air (now Praxair) Company and was director of welding research for a time.  We had a number of physicists doing basic research, plus a lot of applied development work.  I hold several patents on plasma torches, and am glad to see this discussion of the merits of combining a small plasma input to aid pyrolysis.  

I hope most of this work is using graphite cathode (DC) or AC electrodes.  They are cheap, ell developed, and relatively citable compared to all others.


Tom Reed - Pyrologist 


Dr Thomas B Reed
President, The Biomass Energy Foundation

On Jan 17, 2011, at 9:55 AM, "Tom Miles" <tmiles at trmiles.com> wrote:

> Jeff,
> There seem to be two approaches to using plasma in biomass gasification: as
> an igniter and as a reformer. Two companies use the plasma as a super "hot
> plate" that they dump biomass onto in an updraft gasifier. This is the
> AlterNRG approach. http://www.alternrg.ca/ 
> http://alternrg.com/plasma_market_solutions/biomass_to_ethanol 
> They are able to make a gas that is low in oxygen and rich in CO and H2
> while supplying only about 3% of the input energy as electricity. The rest
> is from the biomass. 
> There are other plasma reformers coupled with updraft gasifiers. There was a
> project proposed in Canada using this approach with a PRM gasifier.
> http://gasifiers.bioenergylists.org/prmemay2007 http://www.prmenergy.com/ I
> don't know if this project has snapped, crackled or popped.
> Los Angeles Country looked at plasma gasifiers for waste a couple of years
> go.
> http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/tf/Attachments/SubCommittee%20Attachments/CT_Eva
> l_Rpt_App.pdf
> Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gasification-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org
> [mailto:gasification-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org] On Behalf Of Jeff
> Davis
> Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 6:58 PM
> To: Discussion of biomass pyrolysis and gasification
> Subject: Re: [Gasification] Enventix: Syngas and Biochar from Waste
> Dear Tom,
> I've often thought that a modified updraft gas producer coupled to a
> plasma reactor could be a lot of fun when working with waste feedstocks.
> Snap crackle and pop,
> Jeff
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