[Gasification] Commercial gasifiers in Europe

Tom Reed tombreed2010 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 16:33:48 CST 2013

David and all:

 I worked for many years with Community Power Corp (see goCPC.com) before they were bought by the native Eskimo organization, AFOGNAK.  We made and installed many gasifier systems, typically generating 100 kW from waste biomass of various sorts, and operating automatically.

This is a very reasonable size for a large village.  Smaller sizes can probably use pelletized wood for convenience. 


I invented the WoodGas Campstove in 1985 in my lab at MIT after returning from a trip to South Africa, and seeing the dreadful cooking and resulting poor nutrition of the blacks there.  

We have also sold many WoodGas Campstoves,  5"OD X 7" tall, (backpack size) using a small motor to produce a small flow through the fuel to gasify the fuel, and about 6 times as much air to burn the fuel, with a horizontal flame like

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About 3 kW of heat.  Very clean cooking.  

Tom Reed 

Dr. Thomas B Reed 
280 Hardwick Rd
Barre, MA 01005
508 353 7841

> On Dec 1, 2013, at 4:13 PM, David Coote <dccoote at mira.net> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> Would you say there are any commercial gasifiers in operation in Europe or North America?
> Thanks
> David
>> On 2/12/2013 6:00 AM, gasification-request at lists.bioenergylists.org wrote:
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:53:55 -0800
>> From: "Tom Miles"<tmiles at trmiles.com>
>> To: "'Discussion of biomass pyrolysis and gasification'"
>>    <gasification at lists.bioenergylists.org>
>> Subject: Re: [Gasification] Fluidised bed reactor
>> Message-ID:<00cf01ceee2f$d0047630$700d6290$@trmiles.com>
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>> Thomas,
>> Third parties or associated organizations are beginning to solve some of
>> Ankur's problems, including the nozzle issue. Like them or not they sell a
>> lot of systems so people are finding ways to improve them.
>> Europe continues to be one of the most progressive regions for gasifier
>> development.  We look forward to seeing more commercial installations.
>> Worldwide there are more than 450 organizations that are working on the
>> production of synthesis gas for liquid fuels or chemicals.
>> As you well know it all takes time and money.
>> Tom
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