Cogent Energy Systems’ engineering partner, Creare LLC, has secured a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the US Navy to fabricate a complete small-scale waste to energy system using Cogent’s HelioStorm gasification technology.
The system is expected to be capable of cleanly converting up to 3.5 tonnes per day of mixed waste into energy rich synthesis gas.
The syngas will then be directly combusted in standard military generators to produce almost 800 kWh of net electricity per tonne of waste processed. This electricity will be available on-site for general use at a base or naval operation.
Ionic Gasification is Cogent’s proprietary new process that involves the direct-contact processing of biomass and/or solid waste in an active plasma field at temperatures of 3000 to 10,000 degrees Celsius, claimed to result in an extremely clean, high energy syngas that can be used to make many profitable products such as electricity, hydrogen, liquid fuels, and chemical precursors.
According to Cogent, its ultra-high temperature ionic gasification technology has been proven to handle a wide variety of feedstocks with moisture content up to 50%, including municipal solid waste, biomass and bio-oil.
“This SBIR award is an important step in the commercialization of our HelioStormtechnology,” said Dr. Abraham E. Haspel, CEO of Cogent Energy Systems. “We look forward to working with our engineering partner, Creare, to build this full commercial scale system that is expected to exceed US Navy specifications.”
Tests conducted on municipal solid waste during Phase I of the SBIR grant resulted in extremely clean syngas capable of powering existing military generators, without creation of hazardous by-products.
“The work we will undertake will accelerate the commercial application of waste to energy opportunities at small scale in markets that are not currently accessible,” said Dr. Jay Rozzi, a Principal Engineer at Creare.
These opportunities are said to include distributed energy applications in remote communities, military applications, and industrial parks, among many others.
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