Myth #1: Gasification is an Unproven Technology
Truth: Gasification is a technological process that can convert any carbonaceous (carbon-based) raw material such as coal into fuel gas, also known as synthesis gas. Gasification has been around for over 180 years with 60 years in refining, fertilizing, and chemical industries and over 35 years in the electric power industry.
The Ways2H process has been engineered, refined, and enhanced over 16 years. With four generation of demonstration units and over 6000 hours of operation, our systems are now available for commercial use.
Myth #2: Gasification Systems are Too Limited in Size and Scale
Truth: Gasification of biomass and municipal solid waste does not require larger gasifiers that are used in industrial applications. Newer technologies have gone far beyond the smaller “hobby-sized” units.
Ways2H systems are scalable from a 50 ton per day stationary system down to a 1 ton per day transportable system. Our feedstocks include organic waste streams including plastics, municipal solid waste, sludge, and medical waste.
Myth #3: Gasification Systems are Unsafe
Truth: Gasification is a partial oxidation process. The term partial oxidation is a relative term which simply means that less oxygen is used in gasification than would be required for combustion (i.e., burning or complete oxidation) of the same amount of fuel. In conventional gasification systems, this partial oxidation of the feedstock is the source of energy for gasification.
Our systems are different. They use char, the byproduct of the gasification process, as the energy source. As a result they are even cleaner than conventional gasifiers as char is basically pure carbon and it burns at very high temperature. Another result of this feature is self-balancing. Our process is designed so that it naturally prevents over-heating or tar generation, leaving the optimum amount of fuel for heat production.
Myth #4: Gasification Systems are a Financial Risk
Truth: Gasification can help the world two-fold. It can manage its waste while producing the energy and products needed to fuel economic growth. Gasification offers an alternative to more established ways of converting feedstocks like coal, biomass, and some waste streams into electricity and other useful products.
Ways2H systems create value out of waste. Our system is used to produce hydrogen, which can be used as transportation fuel as well as for heat and electricity to buildings.