One of the most compelling challenges of the
21st Century is finding a way to meet national and global energy needs
while minimizing the impact on the environment. Gasification can help
meet those challenges.
- Gasification is a time-tested, reliable, and flexible technology
that converts carbonaceous materials, biomass, municipal waste, scrap
tires and plastics into a clean high energy gas.
- The PowerHearth produces a clean, particulate-free gas that can be
used to fuel industrial boilers or to power internal combustion or
turbine engines with generators to produce megawatts of electricity.
- Gasification does not involve combustion, (or burning), but instead
is a thermal chemical process that uses high temperature in a controlled
environment, with limited oxygen, to convert carbon-based materials
directly into a high energy ‘producer gas’. The gasification process
breaks these materials down to the molecular level, so impurities can be
easily and inexpensively removed.
- The high-temperature combustion refines out corrosive ash elements
allowing clean gas production from otherwise problematic fuel sources.
- Gasification can recover the energy locked in biomass and municipal
solid waste — converting those materials into valuable products and
eliminating the need for incineration or landfill.
- Gasification has been reliably used on a commercial scale for more
than 50 years in the refining, fertilizer, and chemical industries, and
for more than 35 years in the electric power industry.
- Gasification produces electricity with significantly reduced environmental impact compared to traditional technologies.
- Gasification plants bring good jobs to a community – construction
jobs needed to build a plant, and well-paying permanent jobs needed to
run the plant.
- Compared to the old coal-burning plants, gasification can capture
carbon dioxide much more efficiently and at a lower cost. This capture
technology is being successfully used at gasification plants in the U.S.
- Gasification is an investment in our energy future.
Gasification is not incineration
Gasification is not incineration. Incineration is the burning of
fuels in an oxygen-rich environment, where the waste material combusts
and produces heat and carbon dioxide, along with a variety of other
pollutants. Gasification is the conversion of feedstocks into their
simplest molecules - carbon monoxide, hydrogen and methane forming a
syngas or producer gas that can be used for generating electricity or
producing thermal heat.