What is Biomass Gasification?
As opposed to a traditional biomass plant where the wood is burnt to produce steam to run an electrical turbine, gasification thermally cracks the wood producing a rich syngas.
The Syngas is then put through an upgrading methanation process producing a renewable gas for use in transport and heating. It can be injected into the gas network and trucked off site as it is produced, for delivery to users not on a gas network.
The Syngas will also be used in a Gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant
What is a CHP?
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) integrates the production of Power (electricity) and Heat into one single highly efficient process.
The syngas produced from the woodchip is piped to the CHP building where it is used to produce electricity and heat for district heating.
CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing the exhaust heat exchanging it to heat water delivered through a network of pipes to heat towns. This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity where the heat is not used to replace oil and gas to heat towns, homes (heating and water), businesses, industry, local community, swimming pools and public buildings.
Biomass CHP converts the biogas into electricity and heat in a highly efficient process, minimising energy losses.
The Facility will produce renewable gas, heat and electricity using forestry harvest residues in the form of woodchip that will be provided by local and regional suppliers helping to reduce wildfires, improve forest health and increase forest resiliency by cleaning up clear felled sites.
The Facility will utilize approximately 120,000 green wet tonnes equal to 70,000 dry tons (BDT) of wood chips per year and produce approximately, 13 MW of Renewable Gas and 5 MW of electrical energy per hour. In addition, the Facility will also produce approximately 14MW of heat for use in district heating per hour.
The Facility is planned to operate continuously 24/7, however, given there will be maintenance requirements for the equipment it is anticipated that the gas production equipment and the electricity generator sets (“gensets”) will likely operate between 7,750 and 8,000 hours per year, or approximately 90% capacity.