Patented technology for advanced gasification
EQTEC’s proven, Advanced Gasification Technology represents the culmination of decades of innovative clean energy development, process design and engineering expertise
Our team applies decades of experience with gasification in both R&D and commercial environments. Led by three PhDs in Chemical Engineering, each specialising in gasification, we are at the forefront of innovation with gasification end-to-end process engineering as well as design and mechanical, electrical and civil engineering for the applied deployment of EQTEC’s unique technologies.
The proof in our innovation capability is in the gasification plants we have built and are building. But our drive for commercial execution is matched by our dedication to continuous innovation and development of new intellectual property (IP) and new patents. On our own sites and also in collaboration with R&D partners, our expert engineers are continuously testing the limits of our advanced gasification capabilities and delivering our technology roadmap.
Leading gas engine company Jenbacher has given our technology special commendation for the purity of the syngas it produces and for the reliability and efficiency of the equipment.
At the University of Lorraine (France) and University of Extremadura (Spain), working with their experts, we have installed gasification equipment and operate R&D pilot plants. We actively invest in maintenance, upgrade and application of these facilities, enabling us to identify, test – we now have a proprietary library with more than 50 different feedstocks analysed – and expand into areas of emerging market interest.
Our practical know-how combines with our patents and other IP and we work closely with the following partners, to further our technical expertise and ensure we continue to set the global innovation standards for advanced gasification. We maintain a number of patents around the world for multiple elements of its technology and we continuously reviews opportunities for establishing new patents where we have a unique contribution to advanced gasification.
Like other cleantech alternatives, our Advanced Gasification Technology addresses waste management and energy production in a world where both of these challenges are growing at alarming rates.
The energy challenge
Electricity production will triple by 2050. Renewables will make up 50% of global energy by 2035, from around 20% today. The global renewable energy market will reach $2 trillion by 2025. With the increasing shift to decentralised electricity grids, production and usage, the customised nature of gasification plants is an advantage.
At the same time, the world is projected to increase its production of waste by 2050 by up to 70%. The global waste management market is expected to be worth $485 billion by 2025. Managing waste is expensive, costing between 20% and 50% of municipal budgets. This creates an opportunity for companies like EQTEC, that can convert that waste into energy in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
Recent and upcoming EU and UK legislation aims to cut the volume of waste going to landfill and to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pressure from consumers, governments and intra-governmental bodies such as the EU and the UN is forcing change in how waste owners process their waste.
Gasification is the process of thermochemically converting feedstock such as RDF, agricultural, biomass and industrial waste and plastics into syngas. Syngas is then used as fuel to generate electricity and heat, or as a commodity, to produce transportation fuels, Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) and green hydrogen.
The US Department of Energy defines gasification as
“A process technology that is designed and operated for the purpose of producing synthesis gas (a commodity which can be used to produce fuels, chemicals or power) through the chemical conversion of carbonaceous materials.”
Advanced gasification is a thermochemical process characterised by the purity of the synthesis gas (‘syngas’) it produces, the operational plant availability it supports and the commercial opportunities this creates…all without applying combustion and with a very clean CO2 and emissions profile.
Did you know? Advanced gasification:
Cuts down on landfill
Is more efficient than other waste-to-value methods
Cuts carbon dioxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, tropospheric ozone and nitrous oxide emissions associated with incineration
Helps waste owners, developers and contractors to meet or exceed increasingly stringent environmental regulations
Produces only non-hazardous ashes as a by-product, resulting in a significantly lower carbon footprint compared with other waste-to-energy methods
Eliminates the health hazards associated with burning waste.
Advanced gasification vs other waste management methods
Sustainably converting waste into energy forms is the next best option after reducing, reusing and recycling what is recyclable. But not all forms of waste management – even those intended to support a circular economy – are equal. Most of the waste not recycled is sent to landfill or incinerated. These methods aren’t sustainable and they aren’t good for the environment or good for communities.
At EQTEC, we believe our approach to waste is.
Did you know?
Current waste emissions
Waste management today produces 5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is further estimated that solid waste treatment and disposal in 2016 generated an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent GHG emissions.
A growing concern
Without improvements in the sector, solid waste-related emissions are likely to increase to 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2050.
More than carbon dioxide
Existing waste management produces GHG such as nitrous oxide and what are known as “short-lived climate pollutants”, black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons. They account for c.40-45% of global warming to date. Unlike CO2, these stay in the atmosphere for less time, but it’s thought that their effect on global warming is several times higher than that of CO2.
EQTEC technology: the process
The Advanced Gasification Technology is based on a bubbling fluid bed gasifier
What sets our patented Advanced Gasification Technology apart?
Operational efficiency and sustainability
Commercially proven technology with high operational efficiency. We have created four installations with live operating hours and process analytics – and we are well on our way to delivering several more projects in 2021 and beyond.
Projects have the highest energy efficiency amongst waste-to-energy technologies and the lowest energy-from-waste technology environmental impact.
Low risk and high quality
Low risk and quick to install, we create additional value by ensuring high system availability, reliability and quality operational performance at each plant.
Extensive versatility in successfully converting feedstock inputs into energy and fuel outputs.
Accurate software modelling
Our unique and highly accurate software modelling and IoT monitoring platform make us the partner of choice for leading waste management stakeholders across Europe and the USA.
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Expert attention to customer needs
Because of our deep expertise in advanced gasification, we do much more than design and install leading-edge equipment. Our process knowledge and control system expertise allow us to provide specific solutions that meet the specific needs of our customers, regardless of the feedstock they input or the applications they specify for offtake.
We work closely with our customers to define the best project approach from a technological, ecological and financial point of view. If needed, we support them in building an entire waste-to-value ecosystem, with the following benefits:
Local orientation: the target plant size of 1 MWe to 30 MWe supports local communities and our commitment to building with local labour further adds to our development of cleantech for communities
On-premise: our customers produce their own energy to help meet their localised energy needs, whether at a farm site, a factory site or other commercial site
Lower risk: we help some customers reduce their exposure to commodity markets such as power and natural gas
Sustainability strategy: our Advanced Gasification Technology can also become a key driver of customers’ and partners’ decarbonisation strategy.