Electricity from biomass

20 Oct, 2013 01:00 AM
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The Austeco Power Pak.
The Austeco Power Pak.

THE Austeco PowerPak is a revolutionary power generating system that converts cellulosic substance biomass to electricity.

The system, which is a low-cost alternative to using diesel, is ideal for rural and remote areas and anywhere requiring emergency power.

The Austeco PowerPak currently comes in two standard sizes the Micro 10kW, 12.5kVA [Kilo-Volt-Ampere]) or Mini 20kW, 25kVA, and there is a larger 100kW unit in the development pipeline.

The PowerPak relies on the gasification process, a method for converting solid waste, in this case biomass, to a gaseous fuel referred to as Synthesis Gas or its shorthand name Syngas.

Ironically, the technology is fairly old and was developed during World War II during a fuel shortage and was used to convert coal to a similar fuel gas.

In the last 10-15 years it has re-emerged as a viable option for power generation using biomass.

It has potential to use multiple types of biomass including wood chips, bagasse, sawdust pellets, corn cobs and nutshells, of which wood chips and nut shells are the most suitable and perform the best within the product.

The way the technology works is through pyrolysis, which heats the solid waste to between 850-950 degrees Celsius with an absence of oxygen.

Under these conditions the fuel doesn’t completely combust to produce carbon dioxide and water and instead produces the Syngas.

Syngas contains less energy than LPG or LNG, but is considered cheaper depending on the biomass utilised.

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mug
29/10/2013 7:24:05 AM

The last thing I want is to put these blokes down as they are " having a go ". Yes ,it is ancient technology and if maintained properly and consistent fuel type is used it works fine. HOWEVER this is the tip of the iceberg. Try generating more power say 100 / 200 Kw for sale and see the results. The bureaucracy will stop you in your tracks. It is a minefield to negotiate. I have been told that black coal power sells for as low as 3 to 4 cents/Kwh. The "extra" charges all being manipulated to cover " private enterprise " resale / distribution / maintenance enterprises.
Trugger
1/11/2013 5:38:25 AM

These blokes don't seem to be in any hurry to sell any units. I emailed an inquiry to them last week asking for some facts and figures and so far, a stunning silence.
Roundup
10/11/2013 9:29:07 PM

Maybe they had to fire up the geny to get the computer working Truggs.
John Deere
22/11/2013 8:19:48 AM

The latest green madness coming out of England , they are converting Drax there biggest coal fired power station in north Yorkshire to burn biomass at a cost of 700 thousand pounds to convert it. Whats biomass ? that's wood. Yes believe it or not , wood , all the way across the Atlantic ocean in boats from the USA. The loonies have taken over in good old England.
John Deere
22/11/2013 8:31:12 AM

Correction , make that 700 million Pounds.

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