[Gasification] Small steam systems plus gasifiers for electricity
ken.boak at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 10:42:21 CST 2013
Forget small scale steam for electric power generation. Very low overall
conversion efficiency and a full-time control problem to prevent potential
steam explosions, make this a technology cul-de-sac not worth exploring.
The efficiency of a good downdraft gasifier and internal combustion engine
will produce four times as much electricity as any steam engine could - for
the same quantity of wood fuel.
I've recently been doing test runs on an APL 20kW Power Pallet, and saw
49.5kWh of electricity produced in 2.75 hours from a standard 200 litre (55
US gal) oil drum of woodchip fuel.
On 1 December 2013 16:29, <sabbadess at aol.com> wrote:
> I actually built a prototype that did this:
> I found that small steam at the residential scale is just a bad idea. The
> first major problem is wet layup seizing all the parts together. Then
> there are the thermal lags of the gasifier and boiler for a step change in
> electrical load. Then there is the corrosion/explosion hazard.....It just
> kept getting worse even though it sounded great in theory. I am FAR
> happier with my gasifier/engine combo.
> Stephen Abbadessa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Anderson <psanders at ilstu.edu>
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> Dear Tom, Thomas and all,
> On 11/30/2013 5:44 PM, Thomas Koch wrote:
> I can only agree that for small systems steam systems looks as the most reliable way to produce electricity
> This "low tech" approach appeals to me (and maybe to some others) because
> the Up Draft gasifiers are great for making clean heat, of which much gets
> wasted in cases such as people making char and biochar.
> I acknowledge that the *small steam systems for electricity* do not
> require gasification technologies, and therefore this topic should soon be
> off of the Gasification Listserv. But for the moment, who are the readers
> who have interest in taking this discussion further?
> Doc / Dr TLUD / Prof. Paul S. Anderson, PhD
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