Supercritical water (SCW) gasification of aqueous biomass is an innovativeapproach to production of electric power on a sustainable basis. The products of SCW biomass conversion are high BTU fuel gases with a high H2 content. These gases can subsequently be transformed into electric power by either combustion in gas turbine generators or fuel cells. So far, SCW has been demonstrated only at a labscale with a reactor throughput capacity of only a few grams of biomass per hour, but same work has also provided interesting new leads. It is our intention to start an experimental programme which would demonstrate on a pilot plant scale the technical feasibility of SCW gasification and provide sensible estimates of capital investment costs and operating costs of a commercial scale plant Through a systematic analysis of possible process configurations we aimat identifying (technical) hurdles in development and commercial exploitation. Substantial part of the research project will be reserved for the experimental demonstration. The results of the proposed research is experiment-based data for the design of a pre-commercial scale SCW gasifier and for the estimation of economic merit of this technology.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards