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ETI backed waste gasification plant begins to produce syngas


T


he Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) backed Waste Gasification Commercial Demonstration Plant has


now begun to produce clean syngas which can be used by the plant to produce clean electricity, heat, hydrogen and liquid fuels The plant has reached two major


milestones, processing waste wood at pressure, with the syngas going to flare and operation of the gas engine with efficiencies above expectations on manufactured syngas. The plant has successfully completed a 24-hour continuous test alongside multiple short tests over a seven day period. Once fully operational, the


innovative waste gasification plant will provide enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. The 1.5MWe Waste Gasification


Commercial Demonstration Plant, built at the Sustainable Energy Centre in partnership with Kew Technology, is cleaner, more efficient and more compact than many other energy from waste designs and could be suitable for providing heat and power to factories, hospitals and small towns. Working with Kew Technologies to apply pioneering technology and


efficiency has been increased more than 25%, resulting in an amplified energy output. Over the coming months, wood


syngas will be used to drive the bespoke gas engine and by late Summer, 2019, the engine will be able to convert around 40 tonnes a day of post recycling, refused derived fuel (RDF) to clean energy. Paul Winstanley, ETI Project


Manager comments: “This is an important step for the plant and our goal to generate clean electricity using the waste gasification process. The results so far have been very promising in producing a clean and consistent syngas from waste in the form of RDF. Our science-based test programme


is allowing us to effectively support the automated operation of the plant. I’m looking forward to seeing the plant produce electricity soon.” The Project is being led by Kew


continually monitor and enhance output, the team at the plant has begun to produce syngas at a quality


exceeding initial prediction. Using a commissioned gas engine, the standard fumigated gas engine


Is the EU Emissions Trading System failing?


The price of EUAs, the tradeable unit under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), jumped from €7.00/ tCO2e in 2018 to an 11-year high of €27.46/tCO2e at the beginning of April this year. During the last year, emissions under the carbon trading scheme in Europe fell by 3.5%. The ICIS Market Insight: The Impact of Higher Carbon Prices on Utilities and Industries, which launched today, suggests that the increased carbon price had only a marginal effect on reducing emissions in 2018. The downward trend in emissions was driven by the power sector, specifically increased renewable generation replacing fossil fuel generation. The Market Stability Reserve


6 Forest Bioenergy Review Summer 2019


(MSR) is the key reform of the EU ETS and ICIS expects this mechanism will reduce auction volumes by roughly 1.70bn EUAs during 2019- 2025, tightening the system and pushing companies to reduce carbon emissions. Governmental policy and regulation will form part of these reductions, but carbon prices will


be the lever that controls the speed at which new investments will take place. The ICIS Market Insight report states that a high carbon price could accelerate the use of lower carbon technologies and the coal-to-gas switch. “We expect some lag in the adoption of new technologies by


industry as they continue to receive a greater part of the allowances for free, in order to shield them from the carbon leakage risk. But more stringent benchmarks and higher prices should provide the catalyst toward long-term investment in cleaner production technologies and energy efficiency,” said Phillip Ruf and Matteo Mazzoni, joint authors of the ICIS European carbon market analysis. They added: “With triggering higher


carbon prices, this new framework will, in fact, also result in higher revenues from national auctions, thereby providing the possibility for government to subsidise investments in the different sectors by re-investing the achieved revenues.”


Technology based in Aldridge in the West Midlands. For further information contact: Anjay Sorefan, anjay@ spottydogcommunications. com or Lisa Jones, lisa@ spottydogcommunications.com Tel: 01455 245250


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