Unique biomass gasification plant in India to contribute to sustainable energy generation

Tuesday October 24, 2017 12:49

In a unique collaboration, ECN, Dahlman Renewable Technology (DRT) a subsidiary of Synova, Thermax and Ruchi Soya have built a first-of-a-kind waste biomass gasification plant at a site in Central India.

An international group of green-tech investors, innovators and inventors gathered at the Washim biomass gasification plant in India today to celebrate this important milestone in MILENA gasification technology. This first-of-a-kind commercial plant demonstrates that MILENA gasification technology efficiently converts a wide range of sustainable feedstock into a clean substitute for natural gas.

Global collaboration for local solutions
Dr. Sonde, Head of Thermax’s Research, Technology and Innovation Centre says: “Based on DRT’s process design package, engineering and manufacturing was carried out by Thermax, and project development by Ruchi Soya. The success of this project opens up an entirely new vista for renewable energy in India. Thermax is confident of being a resourceful and reliable technology partner for all future projects.”     

Green energy and chemicals
Gasification is a process for converting a wide range of organic and carbonaceous materials into a combustible gas, called producer gas. This producer gas can be used to produce renewable energy as well as renewable chemicals, and even sustainable fuels. The plant in India produces renewable electricity for local use. ECN’s proprietary MILENA technology is a so-called indirect gasification process in which the heat generation and the actual gasification process take place in separate reactors.  Mark Overwijk, Unit Director Biomass & Energy Efficiency at ECN explains: “This unique design philosophy to maximise the efficiency of the process also means that its environmental impact is significantly lower. What has been achieved here in India is an impressive and important milestone and we are looking forward to seeing many more plants come online over the next few years.”

Market growth
The event was jointly organised by Synova, a developer of waste and biomass gasification technology and projects. Its DRT division is in charge of the commercial deployment of the MILENA and associated OLGA technologies that DRT has co-developed with the ECN, and Synova has a strong pipeline of gasification projects where MILENA and OLGA will be incorporated, the first of which is due to be announced later this year. Christian Jacqui, President & COO of Synova states: “We are very excited to be sharing this milestone with Thermax, Ruchi Soya and some of our stakeholders for future projects around the world.  Watching this plant in action helps solidify the role this technology will play in proliferating sustainable solutions.”

Category: Corporate, Biomass