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What is Gasification?

Gasification is the thermal treatment of solid fuels ("feedstock") into a gaseous form while retaining most of the energy in the original fuel.

In contrast to incineration, where fuel is burned under high temperatures to produce heat energy, gasification converts the hydrocarbons in solid fuels under controlled temperature and oxygen conditions to produce viable fuel known as syngas.

Syngas contains most of the energy potential of the original fuel and can drive a variety of energy generating applications.

 

Old Principle, New Technology

While gasification as a principle has been known for many years, it is only with recent advances in technology that the process is being recognized for its inherent versatility. Any material that contains carbon can be gasified.  A broad spectrum of "waste streams" can be utilized as fuel for gasification, such as sewage sludge, municipal sorted waste, plastics, biomass, various industrial wastes, etc.


An environmental advantage

Gasification removes pollutants from feedstock in an efficient manner. By contrast, the combustion process of incinerators produces pollutants that must be removed through costly filtering and pollution control systems.

A controlled gasification process manages temperature conditions so that chemical conversion does not produce most of the pollutants in the first place. Significantly, biomass/solid waste is classified as a "CO2 neutral, renewable energy source" when used as fuel in a gasification solution, transforming a waste or pollution problem into clean and valuable energy.

OE Gasification technology is a uniquely viable solution for a variety of commercial and district heating applications.  In contrast to the large-scale industrial systems, the OE Gasification solution is a small-scale, modular system that operates with a negative pressure, downdraft gasification chamber.