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Advanced biomass gasification technology

This project is constructing and demonstrating an innovative biomass gasification technology that will convert biomass, such as agricultural waste and mallee crops, into a clean gaseous fuel that can be used to generate electricity.

  • $3.62m

    ARENA Funding

  • $6.73m

    Total Project Value

Need

Technologies that convert inedible plant material (called biomass) into gas for electricity generation could help to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions if they are shown to be effective and affordable.

Project innovation

Researchers in Curtin University’s Fuels and Energy Technology Institute have developed a new technology that converts mallee crops into gas (using a process called gasification) for electricity generation. Key features of this award-winning technology have been shown to work at small scale in a pilot plant.

This project takes the technology to the next stage by building and operating a larger version of the gasifier.

The technical information obtained during the project will be used in the design of the first full-scale gasifiers to use this technology in the future.

The advanced biomass gasification technology features a new gasifier design that integrates the biomass gasification with gas cleaning. The final product is a clean gas with high heating values, meaning that it is very efficient when used in a gas engine to generate electricity.

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Emerging renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Renergi Pty Ltd

    Start Date

    Nov 2012

    Project Partners

    Curtin University, Cryofin Pty Ltd, Verve Energy, Oil Mallee Association of Australia Ltd

    Location

    Perth, Western Australia

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Emerging renewables

Lead Organisation

Renergi Pty Ltd

Start Date

Nov 2012

Project Partners

Curtin University, Cryofin Pty Ltd, Verve Energy, Oil Mallee Association of Australia Ltd

Location

Perth, Western Australia

Status

Current

Benefit

Once shown to be effective and affordable, this new biomass gasification technology could significantly increase the amount of green electricity generated to meet Australia’s energy needs.

Unlike other competing technologies the innovation has a compact design. This makes it ideal for small-scale applications such as generating electricity in remote areas that are away from the electricity network but close to biomass sources such as wheat straw and mallee crops to fuel the generator.

The new technology will also help to improve the economic viability of cultivating mallee crops as an effective means to combat dry land salinity to achieve significant environmental benefits.

Media release: Curtin wins $3.6 million to develop biomass gasification project

Contact information

Mr Rohan McDougall, Director

+61 8 9266 3370

R.McDougall@curtin.edu.au

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