VTT biofuel trial success leading to industrial scale-up

During September, the production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project. The process performance was verified with crushed bark in an 80 hour-long test run at Finland’s Technical Research Centre – VTT. The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Berlin-based IneraTec.

The main focus of the test was to study and verify the performance of the gas cleaning train, and especially the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas.

“The first validation test runs successfully demonstrated the efficiency of the compact gasification and synthesis process concept, as well as the production of FT-products, waxes and other hydrocarbons” said Principal Scientist Pekka Simell from VTT.

The crushed bark was gasified in a fluidised-bed gasifier with steam as the main gasification agent. The raw gasification gas was filtered with advanced metal filters supplied by GKN Sinter Metals Filters. Tars and light hydrocarbon gases were reformed using the staged reformer concept developed by VTT. Final cleaning of the reformed synthesis gas of sulphur and other remaining contaminants was realised through a robust sorbent-based cleaning process developed by VTT.

Based on the results, industrial-scale plants in the range of 25,000-50,000 tonnes per annum will be designed and techno-economic and environmental assessments, as well as business case studies, will be carried out by the DLR German Aerospace Center and two engineering companies: Wood from Italy and ÅF-Consult from Finland.

COMSYN is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 project that lasts from 2017 to 2021 with a budget of EUR 5.1 million from EU Horizon 2020. The project consortium consists of seven partners from four different countries combining research institutes, SME and top-level European industry. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

AcuComm’s WasteView projects database currently has 17 projects featuring the installation of Fischer-Tropsch technology, for further details search here.

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Germany – WtE Plant

Development of a waste-to-energy plant

Earlier this month, LEAG revealed that it is exploring the option of developing a waste-to-energy (WtE) and treatment/recovery plant at its industrial site in Jänschwalde.

The facility would process thermally treated, non-recyclable waste, with energy  generated potentially being used for district heating, process steam and power generation.

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Canada – Biofuels Facility

Development of a wheat-based biofuels facility

Carbon Clean Energy Inc is developing a C$285 million wheat-based biofuels facility in Alberta.

The plant, which is the first of its kind and will feature state-of-the-art facilities, will produce 160 million litres of denatured ethanol, 1.76 mmBtu of biogas and 12 MWh of green power each year.

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Currently Trending: AD, WtE & Recycling Projects

US$3,375 million worth of projects were covered by our researchers last week, including 19 new additions and 27 updates.

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Weekly Projects Update – 39 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$2,172m

In the week ending 4th January 2019, AcuComm added 19 new projects and updated 20 in our database. These have a combined estimated value of US$2,172 million.

This brings the total number of active projects to 5,626, with an estimated value of US$367.6 billion.


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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Finland Biomass Plant

Redevelopment of a biomass plant

Earlier this month, Valmet revealed that it will be supplying a biomass-fired boiler plant to the Vanaja power plant, which is operated by Elenia Lämpö.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Brazil Biomass Plant

Expansion of a bagasse-fuelled cogeneration plant

The Pitangueiras Açúcar e Álcool Ltda plant is to be expanded as part of a new project to optimise capacity and maximise energy generation.

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AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – France AD Plant

Construction of an AD plant to be fed with manure and slurry

Site works have started for the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Vire-Normandie, Calvados.

The facility will incorporate a waste disposal centre and composting unit also. It will process up to 64,538 tonnes of manure and slurry each year, producing 4.5 million cubic metres of biogas.

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#Editor’sPick – Biogas & WtE Facilities

Brazil – Biogas Facility

Construction of a biogas plant

Last month, Raízen announced a joint venture (JV) with Geo Energética for the development of a biogas plant in Guariba. The plant, which will be the first of its kind to use filter cake conversion technology on a commercial-scale, will located next to Raízen’s Bonfim unit.

Up to 138,000 MWh of electricity will be generated, enough to supply the local area and nearby cities in São Paulo.

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UK – WtE Facility

Construction of a 37 MW WtE plant

PMAC Energy is planning to build a 37 MW waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Redcar, Teesside, to produce enough electricity to power 56,000 households.

MSW and commercial/industrial waste will be processed at an on-site materials recycling facility (MRF), which will produce fuel for both the WtE plant and for the production of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for export.

The project is expected to cost around £250 million and could be completed as early as 2021.

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Global Waste Investment Fact File 2018: Italy

The next country focus of our Global Waste Investment Fact File is the Italy edition, where, as of February 2018, AcuComm was listing 51 projects. These projects have a total value of US$2,798 million or US$55 million each.


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#Editors’Pick – Energy & Biogas Plants

Costa Rica – Energy Plants & Recycling Park

Total Energy Waste Solutions (TEWS) is proposing to build Latin America’s largest waste-to-energy (WtE) gasification plant in an undisclosed location in Costa Rica.

The energy park will include the WtE plant, along with a recycling centre, steam reconversion processor, biofuel and ethanol refinery, methane gas plant and a waste site.

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Germany – Biogas Plant

Groundbreaking has taken place as part of a project to develop a €14 million biogas plant in Börde. Around 70,000 tonnes of raw material will be processed annually, including poultry manure, corn, grain silage and sugar beets.

When operational, an estimated 700 cubic metres of biomethane will be extracted, which will eventually produce heat and electricity for 22,000 people.

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