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ReGas4Industry

Gases from renewable waste sources for industrial use

The present project “ReGas 4 Industry” was designed according to the strategic goals of the “Energieforschungsprogramm 2018”. Austrian researchers and engineers are well known for their leading position in the field of biomass gasification. The number of international request for dual fluid gasification plants has constantly grown over the last years. At the same time, in Central Europe the operators of large-scale biomass gasification plants are suffering from challenging economic conditions due to rising prices for woody biomass (wood chips). Therefore, a growing demand for gasification technology which allows the utilization of low cost feedstock types can be recognized.

 

The present project is based on the current state of knowledge in the field of biomass gasification technology as well as the field of gas cleaning and synthetic biofuel production. It is the goal of the present project to prepare the utilization of low cost feedstock types for the production of synthetic biofuels. The gasification of residues from agriculture, residues from industry, or municipal waste is investigated by the use of a mixture of steam (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) as gasification agent. Each single project partner which form the project consortium aims at a fast development of this innovative process by the use of the existing knowledge and the excellent preconditions at Vienna University of Technology.

 

Experimental facilities at Vienna University of Technology, such as an advanced gasification test plant and a test facility for synthesis reactions are used to investigate basic reactions and mechanisms for the production of clean energy carriers. The investigations are carried out with respect to the production of hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), hythane (H2 & CH4), other gases or also liquid products from the before mentioned low cost feedstock types. First, the gasification of different selected feedstock types will be carried out. As already mentioned before, the gasification process itself is investigated with a steam (H2O) – carbon dioxide (CO2) mixture used as gasification agent. After that, the produced gas is used as feedstock for a test facility investigating different gas cleaning an upgrading steps and basic synthesis reactions for the production of energy carriers. This combination of the chosen experimental setup contains a unique and innovative character.

 

As a part of the project, suitable low cost feedstock types for the production of a high calorific gas mixture and other clean energy carriers will be identified. Furthermore, experiments will be carried out which investigate basic reaction mechanisms necessary for different synthesis. As a result, extensive experimental data is collected, which allows an interpretation of a potential large scale demonstration.

 

 

Project Funding:

This project is funded by the Klima- und Energiefonds and carried out under the "Energieforschung (e! MISSION)" program.

Project number: 871732

Klima- und Energiefonds

Further Informations:

Contact / Project Lead:

Florian Benedikt
Hermann Hofbauer

Team:

Alexander Bartik
Marton Veress

Project Status:

ongoing